James Adair & Ben Stenning
Team Name: Ben and James and a Boat
Charity: GBS Support Group and Tumaini Orphanage
Team Website: http://www.benandjamesandaboat.co.uk/#panel1
'Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul...and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people's hats off--then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.'
Herman Melville, "Moby Dick"
On a dark November evening in London two friends, James Adair and Benjamin Stenning, tired of the daily commute and getting ever closer to methodically knocking peoples mobile phones out of their hands, agree that it is high time to row an Ocean. With a few ups and downs (including Benjamin Stenning completely disappearing off the radar for 8 months) they now finally have their chance with entry to the Woodvale Indian Ocean Race in April 2011 from Australia to Mauritius.
Oliver Wells, Ed Wells, Tom Kelly & James Kayll
"If you aren't going all the way...who go at all" (Joe Namath)
1. They aim to raise awareness and funds in excess of £100,000 for four charities; The Mark Evison Foundation, The Light Dragoons Charitable Trust (The Colonel's Fund), Compassion UK and Access Sport.
2. James Kayll: James is a country boy at heart having lived in Dorset all his life. He loves all country sports and is a very keen sailor having sailed from an early age with his family. He has twice sailed across the Atlantic Ocean and he has also evaded the pirates once before in the Indian Ocean when he sailed from India to Djibouti. He loves being at sea!
3. Ollie Wells: Ollie's passion is sailing and windsurfing and is happiest when he is on the water. In 2004 he competed in 'The ARC', an Atlantic Ocean Sailing Race along with Tom. With a crew of 10 they sailed over 4,000 nautical miles in various races throughout the year. He is keen to test himself against the greater Indian Ocean.
4. Tom Kelly: In his youth Tom's passion was rugby but he took early retirement at the age of 24 after realising he simply wasn't hard enough. He then entered the world of Triathlons and went onto compete in the UK Ironman the following year. He also sailed across the Atlantic Ocean with a crew including Ollie in 2004 and loves a good challenge.
5. Ed Wells: Ed is quickly becoming an accomplished 'oarsman'! In early 2009, Ed successfully completed the Devises to Westminster 125 mile kayak marathon. Only 2 weeks later he ran the London Marathon with his wife. Ed is the family man in the team. He is Ollie's elder brother and is married to Amanda. He is the jack of all trades and is keen to set a very fast crossing time.