Rowing the Atlantic in a Pedalo!

12th January 2016by admin0


Happy New Year everyone,

I cant believe that in less than two weeks I will be flying out to the Canary Islands to cross the Atlantic, which will be my 3rd crossing of the ocean.

The boat has been designed and constructed by Rannoch Adventure, and is a one off experimental boat that incorporates a pedalo and rowing position, as well as a kite system that we are testing. On water trials have been extremely positive and thanks to the support and knowledge from the team at Rannoch we have what I think is going to be an outstanding boat and I’m sure Kitty Rouge will look after us both.

In terms of equipment on board we have all the technology that you would expect to find on a conventional ocean rowing boat. Water-maker, AIS radar to warn us of large commercial vessels and all other mod cons. Our power will come from 200 watts of solar panels and a methanol fuel cell that charges our batteries when we have heavy cloud cover and cannot utilize the solar set up.

Our objective is to have fun and raise as much money and awareness for Naomi House, which is a fantastic charity that supports terminally ill children. We are not racing or trying to break any records with this campaign. For those of you that would like to make a donation to Nomi House you can do so here

Although all the blogs from our crossing will be on here, the main project website You will be able to track and monitor our progress as we pedal, row and kite across the Atlantic.  Another way of keeping up to date with our trip will be to follow @Captainketch and @Pedaltheocean2 both mine and Anthony’s twitter account.

We will be tweeting daily from the Atlantic Ocean and blogging every other day so there will be plenty of content coming back to you guys.

I cannot wait to share this project with you all. Other exciting news coming very soon

Out for now

Captain Ketch
James Ketchell is a serial adventurer, motivational speaker and Scouting ambassador. James became the first and only person to have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean, successfully summited Mount Everest and cycled 18,000 miles around the world in what the media dubbed “The Ultimate Triathlon”.