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Weʼre raising £10,000 to Stronger Twogether - Ocean Rowing Mixed Pairs Married Couple - Taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2025

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December 2025, our dynamic duo, Midlands (UK) based married mixed pair crew 'Stronger Twogether ' comprising of Jooles and Ian Paillin-Dean are taking part in the annual 'World's Toughest Row' the TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE .

On December 12th 2025 (Jooles's birthday) 'Stronger Twogether' will compete with up to 40 teams participating from around the world including this year remarkably, two other couples. They will have to cope with blisters, salt rashes, sleep deprivation and rowing in two-hour shifts around the clock for weeks on end, facing all the raw elements of the Atlantic Ocean. The boat will be just seven meters long and under two meters wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take help, food or water and can only be repaired by the crew themselves during the crossing. They will endeavour to row across the Atlantic, unassisted, for what could be anywhere between 45 - 55 days. This is a challenge less commonly achieved than that of summiting Mnt Everest, with more people going to space, than rowing the Atlantic ocean.

There are many reasons we want to row an ocean but one we share in common is the desire to push ourselves beyond perceived physical and mental limitations, to wonder at the vast and beautiful ocean and stars and to raise money for two charities close to the crew's hearts. LOROS a local hospice charity who cared for Ian's mum when she needed end of life care and Community HeartBeat the national leading Defib charity supporting communities across the UK with fundraising, training and maintenance of the publicly available defibs you see in telephone boxes & sports clubs. We would love to raise enough money to fund specific project such as providing defibs for the RNLI and then go on to provide these life saving devices for small theatres and smaller rowing clubs reflecting our personal passions.


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  • Julia PAILLIN-DEAN3 days ago


    3 days ago

    Here is the NEW kit which makes us feel like a team now. A huge thank you and recommendation for 'Nationwide Embroidery' in Derbyshire who we met through BNI Derbyshire who have sponsored not only all the kit but the fantastic embroidery as well front and back. Please do consider using them if you need any embroidery work doing for work or sports teams etc.

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  • Julia PAILLIN-DEAN13 days ago


    13 days ago

    We are very excited to get brand NEW team kit for the team and this is just the preview. We will be modelling the kit once we collect it on Monday! Nationwide Embroidery have sponsored all the kit so we will be sharing it all on our socials next week.

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  • Julia PAILLIN-DEAN1 month ago


    1 month ago

    We have had to move the race to 2025 as we were a few pounds short to buy the boat, but rest assured we are beavering away, saving our own money and fundraising to make this happen. We are also excited to announce Me & Dee as a new charity too alongside LOROS!

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  • Ian


    Aug 16, 2022

    To the journey of a lifetime!


  • Andrew S

    Andrew S

    Aug 16, 2022

    Good luck both


  • Richard May

    Richard May

    Aug 16, 2022

    Keep up the good work x


  • Alan Birtwistle

    Alan Birtwistle

    Aug 15, 2022

    You will do this.. H&E mag article was very informative. Great stuff!

  • Ben Odom

    Ben Odom

    Aug 1, 2022


  • Anonymous


    Jul 28, 2022

    Well done on all your hard work so far. Noethlymun


  • Karin Lawrence

    Karin Lawrence

    Jul 27, 2022



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To pay for our RYA training costs for Sea Survival, Essential Navigation, VHF Radio Course and First Aid at Sea courses. ✅ All paid and completed. Yay!!! Atlantic Campaigns race fees - approx 50% of these are paid. Next funding challenge is the boat. Approx £50,000k needed!

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