Charlie Pitcher

Charlie’s background lies within professional sailing having competed as a youngster in the America’s Cup and winning the Admiral’s Cup twice thereafter.

Charlie’s sea going focus has shifted towards specialising in Ocean rowing. In 2009, he singlehandedly beat all other solo and pairs boats to win the Atlantic rowing race.

This feat was surpassed in 2013 when he smashed the world record for the fastest un-assisted solo row across the Atlantic by almost 6 days. Both crossings completed in Rannoch designs.

In his spare time Charlie is an avid ultra-runner and sailing coach to his two youngest children.

Charlie built his first dinghy when he was 12 years old, became a master carpenter and joiner and has been building boats continually through out his life. Today, not only does he take on serious rowing campaigns, when on land he is hands on and involved in every single new build and refurbishment project, so when the boat hits the water, Charlie is there with the client going over all the final details.


Phil Morrison

Phil is an internationally acclaimed naval architect and with 50 years’ experience, he is regarded as one of the best in the business. His past projects cover a variety of disciplines from the America’s Cup to world class dinghy designs, and now almost all existing ocean rowing boat designs in the world today are from his drawing board. Since 2007, Phil has worked closely with Rannoch Adventure and ensured new designs will in fact float!


Mike Wood

Mike is Rannoch's Production Manager and has over seen, built, fitted out and refurbished over 40 ocean rowing boats. Prior to being involved in ocean rowing, Mike has been responsible for building and finishing off a number of medal winning boats for the Beijing, Athens, Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics, which have included Shirley Robertson and her teams Gold medal, as well as having all three podium positions at the Beijing Olympics.  

Mike the the man who ensures that our Rannoch boats are 100% safe before leaving the factory, as well as introducing new and innovative ideas to all of our boats.


Angus Collins

Angus is involved with the day to day management and undertaking of projects in hand.

Angus has now successfully gained over 7000m of ocean rowing experience. He first conquered the Indian Ocean in 2014 with the Fast Row West team, where they got the world record for the fastest four man crossing of the Indian Ocean, and the youngest team. In 2015 Angus took on the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge where he beat the race record with team Ocean Reunion.

Other projects have included trekking for 6 months on the Blackcat trail in Papua New Guinea, being part of the 2011 Run to the North, a non stop 350km run through the wilderness in North Scotland, traversing India on a 30mph rickshaw, taking part in the Enduralife Ultra running Series as well as teaching sailing and windsurfing.


About Rannoch Adventure

Rannoch Adventure evolved organically from Charlie’s passion for sea going adventure and the desire to excel in all aspects of ocean rowing. The sport has become hugely popular in recent years (fact) and continues to grow with events taking place worldwide. Upon completing the 2009 Trans-Atlantic Race, Charlie’s first boat JJ beat the entire fleet and then went on to set the solo world record the following year. Rannoch’s second boat, Soma then smashed this record again soon after.

Providing these high quality and innovative boats to the ocean and recreational rowing communities have been driven by Rannoch’s proven track record. We also deliver various forms of training and expert advice.

Rannoch Adventure is based in Burnham on Crouch which is in close proximity to international air and shipping ports.

It is primarily an ocean rowing company for rowers and we pride ourselves in being the only rowing business out there that is run by rowers and short-handed sailors.

At Rannoch, we have the ability to put our entire focus on just the one sport. Being based in Burnham on Crouch means access to the water 24/7 for training, we are on the doorstep to RYA recognized sailing schools for required courses and have all year round storage cover.

Furthermore, almost all of the trade that is involved within the building of Rannoch boat’s is local to Burnham itself.

The Team

Charlie Pitcher - Rannoch Adventure

Charlie Pitcher

Founder and Director

Phil Morrison - Rannoch Adventure

Phil Morrison

Naval Architect

Mike Wood - Rannoch Adventure

Mike Wood

Production Manager

Lottie Pitcher - Rannoch Adventure

Lottie Pitcher

Office Manager

Angus Collins - Rannoch Adventure

Angus Collins

Project Manager

Matt Lingley - Rannoch Adventure

Matt Lingley

Structural Consultant

Euan Seel - Rannoch Adventure

Euan Seel

Bespoke Building Consultant

Our Vision

Rannoch has a constant dialogue with all forms of rowing and those involved at all levels. In drawing interest from across the disciplines through team events, shared training and easily accessible information, Rannoch strives to encourage greater prominence in the sports of ocean and recreational rowing.

Ocean Rowing

A rapidly growing sport that is really beginning to make it's mark within the global rowing community as a fantastic endurance challenge, team effort and outright adventure. Established events and greater coverage continue to fuel its prominence.

Olympic Rowing

This highly competitive and leading edge discipline draws in professional expertise and supreme athletes. Providing a strong drive for competitiveness and good basis to inspire new water borne challenges.

Traditional Rowing

Waterman’s Cutters, Gigs and Skiffs alike, traditional rowing is all around us and forms the backbone of rowing heritage. With a real community feel, it’s perfect for recreation, racing and a good laugh.

I understood we set the new pair’s speed world record for this crossing and naturally were the fastest pair in the race. As you might know, we had to start 9 days after the Great Pacific Race start and one can only speculate whether we would have beaten EVERYONE (4 person crews included) had we started together and with the same weather conditions. We did post the three fastest day distances by anyone and if you calculate speed per distance traveled; we beat all the four person crews too. Thank you and big cheers to the boat that served us so well!          

Sami Inkinen – “Roosevelt” 2014 Great Pacific Race Pairs Winner
For his inspirational and selfless contribution to charity, Charlie was awarded the Mountbatten Sword by the Royal Marines.  He exemplifies the best of the best –  he will help you achieve to the extraordinary.                 

Major General Andy Salmon CMG OBE, former Commandant General Royal Marines and President of The C Group
Charlie, I cannot thank you enough for everything this week. Jack had an amazing time experiencing ocean rowing and getting insights and advice from a true expert. He loved getting time on the water and experiencing a true night out on his own. Thanks for all of your advice and encouragement. It was a great week and we loved Burnham and the Oyster Smack. Looking forward to working with you and Team Rannoch in the future!

Meg Luby, Ocean Rowing Training Week July 2014
Success is not a chance event. In addition to hard work it takes a great leader with vision, determination and a passion for detail and excellence. I have been fortunate enough to work with Charlie Pitcher who exemplifies the essence of great leadership which is reflected in the work of Rannoch’

Professor Greg Whyte, Olympian and World Renowned Sports Scientist, PhD DSc FACSM FBASES
Rannoch are the only company I have come across to offer solutions on all elements of preparation for an ocean row. They picked us up well in to our campaign and helped us make practically essential alterations to our Ocean Rowing Boat as well as gave us practical advice, help in our training and scrutinizing our preparations at our departure port. They were extremely professional and also loyal supporters. I would strongly recommend someone considering an ocean row should talk to them.

Harry Martin-Dreyer, Atlantic Rower 2013/14

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