EXACTLY 49 days, 12 hours, and 11 minutes after leaving La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 13, 2023, farmer and businessman Henry Cheape – who had not previously rowed before signing up for this monumental challenge in March last year – conquered the Atlantic to become the fastest Scottish solo rower, reaching Antigua and officially completing the World’s Toughest Row.

At the end of January, after a gruelling 3000 miles, Henry finally concluded his incredible oceanic feat and was cheered to shore by family and friends for the grand finale of what can only be described as ‘the adventure of a lifetime’, all in the name of sustainability.

“This has been by far the hardest thing I have done in my life. There were some good times, dark times, and amazing times,” explained Henry.

“The meals we were able to prepare used many ingredients so generously donated by local suppliers which made them not only nutritious but interesting – and for this, I am truly grateful. From the food we grow on our farms to education that empowers people to lead sustainable lives, I believe sustainability is at the heart of a better future.”

Scotsman Henry – who is one of the entrepreneurs behind the farm shop Balgove Larder at St Andrews – tested his own self-endurance to spotlight the importance of sustainable practices while attempting to raise £250,000 in funds for conservation and environment charities.

Henry continued: “When I reached the shore I was told we have already raised over £100,000 for our chosen charities, which made me realise how important this is to people, and that we are actually making a difference.

“During the row, I received an incredible amount of supportive messages from friends, family, and so many people I have never met, and this really kept me going during the hardest times.

“Thank you so much to all who have taken the time to send their thoughts and to all who have donated and will continue doing so over the next few weeks –and now I am so looking forward to hugging my wife and children!”

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