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Oar Mighty Mates are a team of two mates, Andy Purvis & Stuart Hatcher. We are so happy to share this moment between best buddies. We have always loved the outdoors and extreme activities. We are both excited and honoured to have the opportunity to fight this ultimate challenge together and raise money for charities.

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Hi everyone, my name is Stuart I’m 48 now but due to entering the WTR2023 I will be celebrating my 50th somewhere in the Atlantic with one of my best buddies. I’m not an expert sea adventurer, but I do have a huge passion for the outdoors and endurance, so I guess if you think about it this is a combination of both just on an epic scale. But it’s not on the sea where you’d normally find me (especially in the months from December – February) because my biggest passion is Skiing! You’d find me blasting down mountains in powder, and out of season I’d be sitting round a fishing lake followed by a night round the campfire before sleeping under the stars. 

My love and passion for endurance racing doesn’t come from running ultra marathons or triathlons but it’s Motorsport. So what could I say when one of my best mates asked me to compete in the WTR2023 with him, a race that combines both of my passions. I didn’t even give it a second thought, I WAS IN! The sea has always been a happy and calming place for me from a young age, and that is why the challenge of rowing the Atlantic in aid of Dementia UK, The Sporting Memories Foundation and Bright Shadow. Mental Health is something I have personal experience of and I hold charities like this close to my heart. Also after the year we have had, I don’t think Mental Health has been more prominent in people’s lives, and is being talked about more and more. 

Not only will I be raising money for very special charities, I also get to spend a couple of months at sea with someone who I know will keep me motivated, focused and will make me laugh when it all starts to feel a little too much. So just like life, the journey from now, as I write this sitting in my kitchen April 2021 until that moment when we finally row into English harbour in Antigua in February 2024 will be one to remember forever. I am so excited to go on this journey, to learn new skills and make some incredible memories. Please help and support us in raising money for this incredible charity.

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Hi, my name is Andy and I will be 60 a few weeks before the start of WTR2023. Like my buddy Stuart, I have always loved the outdoors and extreme activities. My hobbies include Skiing & Scuba diving and I have also skydived among several other extreme activities. My passion is however running having completed many half and full marathons. 

Rowing the Atlantic will however prove to be the ultimate challenge and we are both excited and honoured to have the opportunity to fulfil an achievement of a lifetime whilst raising money for such a fantastic cause. We are both very lucky to have super supportive families who will encourage us at all times on the wonderful journey ahead.

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