Solo circumnavigation of the British Isles.


A lot of support and planning goes in to organising an expedition of this sort but once Andy crosses the start line he'll be completely unaided. Survival will be down to him and the equipment that he has onboard.
Here you'll find more details about the growing list of kit and provisions required for the challenge and how you can support the Round Britain Row.

Rannoch Adventure are the leading experts in ocean rowing design and construction.

When it comes to all things for an ocean adventure there is no better place to turn to than Charlie and his team of salty sea dogs.

(Hopefully this won't end like Moby Dick)

This is the Rannoch R15 off shore rowing boat, measuring just 7 metres from bow to stern, she will be home for the duration of the challenge.​ 

Although the boat may have the appearance of a simple canoe, it's packed with technology to allow the rower to survive and navigate at sea.
The boat is fitted with a water desalinator that turns sea water into fresh(ish) drinking water.

200 watt solar panels power
a 12 volt gel battery system that will power the navigation and comms equipment.


Crew – 1

Length – 23 ft

​Weight - 250kg

Draught - 1 ft

Crew Cabin – 1

Equipment Cabin - 1

Storage Cuddys - 6
Unsurprisingly the boat itself is the major expense. These specialist vessels cost upwards of £50,000 new. So Andy trawled the second hand market for more affordable options.

What he found was this Rannoch R15. The boat was built in 2015 and already has one Atlantic crossing under her belt. Fortunately he couldn't be in better hands (or Hulls).

Rannoch's unique design and construction has a reputation for being the best in the business, with a proven pedigree for setting records with ocean crossings.
​​​​​​​​​​​The Rannoch R15 is specifically designed for the task, an uncompromisingly safe and speedy boat, perfect for purists and the inexperienced ocean rower alike.

A stern cabin measuring 6X3ft is the rowers only protection from the elements and home for the duration. It's a very cosy shelter from stormy weather. 
In the event that the boat is capsized in heavy seas it "should" self-right, providing that all the water tight hatches are sealed.
Fun Fact # 3 - The volume of the living quarters cabin is 43 ft 3
Fun Fact # 4 - The volume of a red telephone box is 104 ft 3


Fixed Equipment

The boat itself is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everything required to complete an ocean row.
Loose Equipment

The Rannoch R15 is fitted with some jolly clever kit designed to keep you alive and rowing. 
Survival Gear

Should the worst happen, these survival essentials should help keep you safe until rescue can reach you.
Personal Kit

A few essentials and the odd luxury item. This is Andy's desert island disks check list.

Burning at least 8,000 calories a day requires a lot of refuelling. The best available option is freeze-dried expedition rations.

​​There's lots of ways that you can get involved in the Round Britain Row. If you would like to support the row and our charities then why not have a thumb through the Wish List of supplies that are still needed. 

You can club together to buy a piece of kit or purchase a rewards package. If you'd prefer​, you can just donate to our charities.
There is a lot of equipment still needed for the Round Britain Row.
If you would like to help please take a look at our GET INVOLVED page.

Fixed Equipment

  • Rannoch R15 Off Shore Rowing Boat
  • Twin 200 Watt Solar Panels
  • 2x 85 ah 12 volt Gel Batteries
  • EFOY Comfort 80 Fuel Cell
  • Schenker Smart 30 Watermaker
  • Rule 500 Electric Bilge Pump
  • Raymarine Hybrid Touch Chart Plotter
  • Raymarine Steering Compass
  • Raymarine Smart Transducer Speed & Depth Gauge
  • Raymarine Wind Bundle Anemometer 
  • Raymarine VHF/DSC Radio
  • Active Radar Enhancer
  • Iridium External Antenna
  • Marine hi-fi With iPod Dock, Deck Mounted Speakers

Loose Equipment


  • Xcell oars (2 pair)
  • Watermaker Spare pump
  • Watermaker Spare Filters
  • Manual Water Maker
  • 6kg Anchor With Chain
  • 30m Weighted Rope
  • ​Para Anchor - 9 ft diameter - 70m line
  • 2x Drogues - 75cm diameter/125cm diameter
  • ​Manual Bilge Pump
  • Towing line - 50m
  • Spare Rudder Line
  • Replacement Concept2 Seat Padding
  • Replacement Seat Bearings
  • Lifejacket Recharge Canister
  • Rearview Mirror 
  • Barnacle Scraper
  • Fishing Line
  • 5 Litre Water Containers
  • ​The Bucket
  • Clip Seal Tuberware
  • Tool Kit
  • Fuse Set
  • Hand Drill
  • ​RRK knife


  • Icom M35 Handheld VHF 
  • Satellite Phone


  • ​Navionics charts Europe - West
  • Admiralty Charts UK waters
  • Admiralty Tidal Stream Atlas Set for UK
  • Plastimo Iris 50 Hand-bearing Compass
  • Rangefinder Monocular
  • Portland Course Plotter
  • Divider
  • Chartwork Navigation Pack
  • Handheld Windmeter
  • ​Yellow Brick Tracker

Survival Gear

  • Ocean Safety Four Man Life raft
  • KRU Sport pro Life Jacket
  • Survival Suit
  • ​PLB - Personal Locator Beacon
  • Personal Safety Line
  • ​EPIRB - McMurdo Smartfind E6
  • 2x 1kg Dry Powder Fire Extinguishers 
  • Cabin Fire Blanket
  • Cat C First Aid Kit
  • Handheld Water Desalinator 
  • Fog Horn​
  • ​Storm Safety Whistle
  • Ditch Kit - Including Personal EPIRB, 2x Red Flares, Waterproof Torch, Signal mirror, Light Sticks, Foil Blanket, 500ml Water, Ration Packs
  • Signal Flares - 2x Red Parachute, 4x Red Handheld, 4x White Parachute, 4x White Handheld, 2x Orange Smoke Flares

Personal Kit

Useful kit

  • ​​​​​Sleeping Bag
  • Dry Bags/ Aqua Packs
  • Waterproof Pelican Cases
  • Oarsome Ocean Grips
  • Climbing Harness
  • Carabiners
  • Harness Rescue Knife
  • Epoxy Repair Resin
  • Gaffer Tape
  • Blacktac
  • Velcro Strips
  • Cable Ties
  • Bulldog Clips
  • GoPro
  • Portable Hard Drive
  • Mobile Data Dongle
  • Ipod
  • Head Torch
  • Packlite Solar Lamp
  • ​Waterproof Speakers
  • ​Cabin Bottle
  • Compeed Blister Packs
  • Liquid Soap
  • SPF 50 Suncream
  • ​​Chamois Cream (don't ask)
  • Seasickness Medication
  • ​Kinesiology Tape


  • ​Gor-Tex Outer Shell
  • Gor-Tex Salopettes
  • Gor-Tex Crew Shorts
  • Thermal Base Layer
  • Fleece Mid-Layer
  • Down Jacket
  • Rowing Gloves (2 Pairs)  
  • Sealskinz Gloves
  • Sealskinz Socks
  • ​Rowing Shoes (2 Pairs)
  • ​Sunhat
  • Snorkel and Mask
  • Wetsuit


Proper nutrition is vital for sustaining an endurance challenge like this but freeze dried ration packs will have to do. The required calorie intake will be over 8,000 kcal per day and with no capacity for fresh food storage, these are the best lightweight calories available. 

  • ​Jet Boil
  • Propane Canisters
  • Waterproof Matches
  • Pouch Fastener Clips
  • Cooking Utensils
  • ​Water Bottle
  • ​Thermos Flask
  • Cup & Bowl

  • 800 Kcal Main Meals x 450
  • 600 Kcal Breakfast Pouch x 150
  • 400 Kcal Pudding Pouch x 100
  • Electrolyte Recovery Supplement x 85
  • Protein Bars x 100
  • Chocolate Bars x 50
  • FlapJacks x 50
  • Biltong 100g x 25
  • Dried Fruit
  • ​Tea Bags
...And that's just the stuff we've not forgotten. If you have any suggestions of kit that Andy should take along then feel free to drop us a line. Don't forget, space is limited so the inflatable crocodile is out.

Fun Fact # 5 - The required 6,000 calories per day is equivalent to 67 bananas, 23 BigMacs or 33 Bowls of Lucky Charms.