Atlantic oarsman nearing the finish line

Posted: February 22, 2016

Evelyn Williams only 120 miles from Antigua

Evelyn Williams 160222 325Local man, Evelyn Williams, is nearing the end of a challenge few of us would even contemplate.

But having already rowed solo nearly 2,800 nautical miles across the Atlantic, he's now only 120 from completing this epic adventure.

Evelyn is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge - 'The world's toughest row'.

Six countries are represented by teams of four or two, plus six solo rowers, including 48-year-old Evelyn from Lambourn, who's raising money for the Brighter Futures Radiotherapy Appeal.

After a delayed start because of bad weather, 26 boats set off from the Canary Islands on 20 December.

Sixty-four days later, and Evelyn is now approaching the finish line - the Caribbean island of Antigua.

His boat, 'Salty Dog', is just seven metres long by two metres wide.

It's equipped with a device to convert sea water into drinking water, and solar panels which power the GPS and other vital electrical equipment including a tracking beacon.

"The rest", as Evelyn says, "is down to manpower and determination".

And he's not short of either.

Except for a few days when all the boats were becalmed by unfavourable winds, Evelyn's progress has been remarkable considering that he's a first-time oarsman.

Covering an average of over 40 nautical miles a day, he's expected to complete the challenge by the end of this week.

How to donate

Please visit Evelyn's online appeals page at JustGiving ( 

Brighter Futures' Radiotherapy Appeal

Brighter Futures is the charity of Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Its Radiotherapy Appeal aims to raise £2.9 million to fund equipment for a new radiotherapy unit at the Great Western Hospital in Swindon.

The unit will be an expansion of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's radiotherapy service, meaning local cancer patients no longer have to make the 70-mile round trip to Oxford for treatment. 

The Appeal has already raised £400,000 of the £2.9 million needed to bring radiotherapy to Swindon.

For full details please see the Brighter Futures website > Radiotherapy appeal ( 

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