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Lymington brothers rowing the Atlantic to beat their Dad's record

Lymington brothers rowing the Atlantic to beat their Dad's record

The "Ambrose Buoys" are raising money for Tusk whilst fulfilling a bet made years ago!


In December 2022, three brothers from the New Forest will be rowing the entire breadth of the Atlantic Ocean - 3,000 miles - in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. They will be the first children of an Atlantic rower to compete with their father’s time and at the same time will be raising funds for well-regarded conservation charity Tusk.

Hugo AmbroseLouis Ambrose (26), Felix Ambrose (25) and Finn Ambrose (23), whose team name for the challenge is the “Ambrose Buoys”, have been inspired to row the Atlantic since 2003 when their father, Hugo Ambrose, competed in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race (as the event was then called). The Ambrose brothers appreciate a challenge and relish the opportunity to beat their father's time. Hugo crossed the Atlantic in 59 days in a far less aerodynamic wooden boat - and now his three sons aim to do it in just 40 days!

Young Ambrose Buoys“Hearing stories about the endeavour, witnessing first-hand the toll it took and experiencing the atmosphere at the finish line has done little to quell our curiosity. In fact, as children, we were so confident that we would not only take on the challenge but also surpass our father’s time of 59 days, that we made a bet with him… for £5!”, says Felix.

The boys grew up in Lymington, attended Hordle Walhampton School and were regulars at Salterns Sailing Club and Lymington Cricket Club. Although the trio now work and study in London they regularly return home and can often be spotted at the Lymington Sea Water Baths, which their father manages. This week they are delighted to have launched their boat, “Ambrosia”, which is currently at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

"The World's Toughest Rowing Challenge" 

The Ambrose Buoys will set off across the second largest ocean in the world from La Gomera and row the 3,000 miles to Antigua unaccompanied. The brothers will be rowing day and night, swapping around the clock on two-hour shifts to race their father’s time, taking it in turns between the three of them to row, eat, sleep and carry out essential boat maintenance. The journey is likely to take between 5 and 8 weeks of continuous rowing and will test the brothers' psychological and physical strength. 

The Ambrose BuoysThis premier event in ocean rowing, dubbed 'The World’s Toughest Row’, is the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance, with up to thirty teams competing from around the world. Throughout the crossing, the brothers will be at the mercy of the elements, potential hurricanes, capsizes, giant waves, equipment failure, the passage of large vessels, big marine life, seasickness and injury. 

Louis, who has been nominated skipper by his younger brothers, says, “We are three ambitious brothers who have always enjoyed challenging ourselves. The length of time that this is going to take makes it unique, it’s just as much psychological as it is physiological and as a result, we are tailoring our preparation accordingly.”

During the crossing, it is expected that Louis, Felix and Finn will gradually starve as they expend more calories than they consume. They are likely to lose 20% of their body mass and will need to consume 7,000 calories a day. The brothers will rely entirely on solar panels to power a water maker which provides them with vital drinking water together with freshwater for rehydrating freeze-dried meals.

Felix said, “Being close in age we have frequently played team sports and worked together. Yet although we argue less now than we did as children, we are aware this will be sorely tested during the challenge!

Rowing to raise much-needed funds for Tusk

Tusk Logo MASTERLouis, Felix and Finn aim to raise £200,000 for the charity, Tusk, which for over thirty years has been supporting progressive conservation action across Africa, tackling poaching, habitat loss and human-wildlife conflict.

We were all in agreement about supporting Tusk. The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has not only created a huge challenge for conservation, but has highlighted how connected we are to the natural world, and illustrated just how delicate that web is,” says Finn, explaining why the brothers chose Tusk as their nominated charity.

“From the oceans we sail on, through the habitats that provide the air we breathe, to the estimated 10 million plant and animal species that share our planet, there has never been a more crucial time to fight for the protection of all life on earth. In Africa, one of the most biodiverse areas on our planet, the relentless impact of the pandemic threatens to undo decades of conservation progress."

"All three of us are passionate about wildlife and whilst working in Kenya I witnessed first-hand the challenges facing the people and wildlife. The collapse in tourism and economies has seriously affected rural livelihoods and conservation efforts. Large scale redundancies of wildlife rangers, community liaison teams and other project staff have led to reports of an upsurge in illegal bushmeat hunting, and fears of an imminently approaching international poaching crisis.”

Bear Grylls, the patron of Tusk, said, “The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge pushes its entrants to the absolute limit of their physical and mental endurance. As a proud patron of Tusk, I have huge admiration for the Ambrose brothers who are not only taking on the biggest adventure of their lives but following in their father’s footsteps and raising money for an incredible cause.

Support the Ambrose Buoys on their journey!

Launch in LymingtonThere are a number of ways in which businesses and individuals in the New Forest can support Louis, Felix and Finn.

The Ambrose Buoys are looking for corporate partners and business sponsors to join them on their epic journey, helping initially to fund the important equipment needed to participate in the challenge. Businesses are being offered a range of partnership packages, including advertising space on the boat, coverage on their website and features on their social media. There will also be extensive media coverage to a global audience by the dedicated Atlantic Challenge team in the lead-up, during the challenge and after their arrival in Antigua. 

The brothers also welcome sponsorship to help them get set for their voyage and have recently posted a kit list on their website, with items ranging from mugs and a compass to a life raft and a para-anchor! 

For more information please visit the Ambrose Buoys’ website ambrosebuoys.com or contact via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

To help the Ambrose Buoys raise the much-needed funds for Tusk, they have a donation fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ambrose-buoys

Follow the Ambrose Buoys on @ambrosebuoys on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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