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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

News

Cruising on the River Crouch brings smiles all round
June 8, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Cruising on the River Crouch brings smiles all round

Taking a group of youngsters out on our support vessel, 'Jack' for a half term sailing treat proved to be an extremely rewarding experience - a win-win for everyone involved.
Roxy rowers prepare for their Great British Row
June 1, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Roxy rowers prepare for their Great British Row

"Only 14 sleeps will we meet Roxy and set off around Blighty to pitch ourselves against the ocean. Can’t wait!” Find out how our next cohort of Roxy rowers got on during their training weekend.
TWAC rowers learn invaluable lessons from the experts
May 25, 2021
Nicola Douglas

TWAC rowers learn invaluable lessons from the experts

It was fantastic to welcome a number of teams entered into TWAC 2021 and 2022 to Burnham to undertake a customised training camp as part of their preparation for their race. And what a success it was!
Kirsty & Jane put our Explorer through its paces
May 19, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Kirsty & Jane put our Explorer through its paces

Great to see the Rannoch Explorer being put to the test by Kirsty & Jane, founders of Rowing Adventures. Read their comprehensive and insightful review of the boat from different perspectives.
Book your space - TWAC Training Camp 2021
May 10, 2021
Rachel Parsons

Book your space - TWAC Training Camp 2021

Just a couple of weeks to go until our 2021 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Training Camp - a great opportunity for TWAC teams to get afloat and get advice and coaching from the experts.
42 days, 2 hours, 30 minutes later ...
May 4, 2021
Nicola Douglas

42 days, 2 hours, 30 minutes later ...

On May 3rd 2021, Roxy and her 12 person crew arrived in Antigua. Check out all the photos from the expedition and read the blog which documents their adventure across the Atlantic Ocean in just over 42 days.
The well-oiled Rannoch machine in full flow
April 14, 2021
Nicola Douglas

The well-oiled Rannoch machine in full flow

Our leader Charlie Pitcher may be busy on the oars of Roxy on the hot Atlantic calm right now but the Rannoch HQ team is keeping busy with wheels turning.
And they're off to Antigua!
March 22, 2021
Nicola Douglas

And they're off to Antigua!

After almost a year of training and meticulous preparation, our inaugural Roxy crew are about to set off from the Canary Islands to fulfil their dream of rowing across the Atlantic together.
Solar powered mission in NOVA - update
March 18, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Solar powered mission in NOVA - update

Find out more about Fedor Konyukhov's attempt to undertake the first solo crossing of the Pacific Ocean aboard his 11m solar-powered catamaran NOVA.
The best 12 person ocean rowing boat in the world?
February 19, 2021
Nicola Douglas

The best 12 person ocean rowing boat in the world?

Following an extensive fit out and installation period, we are very proud to reveal Roxy in all her glory. We look forward to welcoming you on board this very special rowing boat.
Rannoch teams successful on the ocean waves again
February 10, 2021
Rachel Parsons

Rannoch teams successful on the ocean waves again

Despite the difficult year for many teams with Covid restrictions, this year's Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge has proved a huge success yet again for teams who chose to #RowWithRannoch.
They certainly knew how to have fun on the water
February 8, 2021
Nicola Douglas

They certainly knew how to have fun on the water

Check out this priceless footage of a water carnival in 2014 on the River Crouch - not much changes on our local river!
Igniting the spirit of adventure rowing
February 5, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Igniting the spirit of adventure rowing

We're delighted to partner with The Wave - a magazine for offshore and coastal rowers that ignites the spirit of adventure.
Charlie makes waves in Essex Life
January 25, 2021
Nicola Douglas

Charlie makes waves in Essex Life

Ocean rowing, the America’s Cup, Don’t Rock The Boat and West Mersea Oysters – a great reading combo in this month's Essex Life magazine.
Our history - this is where it all began
January 22, 2021
Rachel Parsons

Our history - this is where it all began

Take a trip down memory lane and relive Charlie's epic victory in the Woodvale Atlantic Challenge exactly 11 years ago.
Meet 40,000 mile rower Ellen
December 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Meet 40,000 mile rower Ellen

25 year old human powered adventurer Ellen Falterman, chooses Rannoch Adventure boat to undertake her epic 40,000 mile ocean rowing adventure!
All the latest news from TWAC 2020
December 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

All the latest news from TWAC 2020

All the latest news from the 2020 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge on one page.
The ultimate guide to the Yellow Brick
December 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

The ultimate guide to the Yellow Brick

What is a Yellow Brick and why the Yellow Brick app is a must-have for all ocean rowing fans.
Introducing two new Rannoch boats for 2021
December 20, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Introducing two new Rannoch boats for 2021

Find out about the exciting new R10 and the R45 Sprint - two new boats we'll be launching in 2021.
TWAC 2021 Training
December 18, 2020
Rachel Parsons

TWAC 2021 Training

Are you entered into the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2021 race? If so, SAVE THE TRAINING DATE! 7th -10th May 2021.
Seasickness - the search for a cure
November 17, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Seasickness - the search for a cure

Seasickness can be the bain of rowers' lives. Read this excellent article and understand more about the causes and cures for this debilitating condition.
Rowing adventures for everyone
November 6, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Rowing adventures for everyone

If you’ve enjoyed watching "Don’t Rock The Boat" and are tempted to undertake your own adventure around the UK coastline, check out what we have on offer for 2021.
WOW - Roxy steals the show!
October 19, 2020
Nicola Douglas

WOW - Roxy steals the show!

We are so excited to introduce you to our new flagship ocean rowing boat, Roxy, who was launched this weekend!
Sneak preview of Roxy ...
October 5, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Sneak preview of Roxy ...

Last week a lucky group of rowers had a sneak preview of our new 12 person boat, Roxy! Check out the photos.
Inaugural TWAC training camp
September 13, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Inaugural TWAC training camp

Inaugural TWAC training camp takes place in the home of ocean rowing, Burnham on Crouch!
Don't Rock The Boat!
September 4, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Don't Rock The Boat!

It’s a wrap! The training and filming for ITV’s brand new show ‘Don’t Rock the Boat’ has now come to an end after 6 intense weeks. Read all about it.
Ultimate non-stop mini adventure
August 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Ultimate non-stop mini adventure

An amazing rowing achievement by Matthew and Giles on Britain's west coast, fully supported by Rannoch Adventure.
Hand-crafted miniature boats
August 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Hand-crafted miniature boats

Check out these gorgeous, hand-crafted works of art - the perfect momento for any ocean rower.
Our inaugural Roxy research crew finally meet!
August 21, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Our inaugural Roxy research crew finally meet!

Meet the team who will row Roxy on her research voyage across the Atlantic next year.
Rannoch donates two Explorers to local rowing club
August 21, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Rannoch donates two Explorers to local rowing club

We've donated a single and a pairs Explorer rowing boat to the members of Charlie's local rowing club where he is President.
Rannoch supports new celebrity TV show
August 21, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Rannoch supports new celebrity TV show

"Don't Rock The Boat" - coming to our screens this Autumn. Exciting times for Rannoch Adventure!
Luke Golder - Rowing For Blood
July 13, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Luke Golder - Rowing For Blood

We're so proud to be supporting Luke - 2 years of ill health, a life saved by 27 strangers, now embarking on a 20 mile solo row on the River Crouch to raise awareness for giving blood.
Meet William, our young Explorer from Copenhagen
July 11, 2020

Meet William, our young Explorer from Copenhagen

Meet William - a 14 year old who doesn't mind being woken at 6am to go rowing in his Dad's Explorer!
Lionheart Round Britain Row
June 12, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Lionheart Round Britain Row

We are so proud to call Gus Barton & Duncan Roy our Lionheart Round Britain Row 2020 ambassadors. Well done guys!
Breaking ocean rowing records aged 72!
May 1, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Breaking ocean rowing records aged 72!

Big congratulations to Graham Walters who, this week, became the oldest person to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean - what a feat!
Coastal rowing, adventure & fun in stunning surrounds
May 1, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Coastal rowing, adventure & fun in stunning surrounds

If you want to see wild Scotland in a unique manner, this is the way to do it! Join us for our Great Scottish Odyssey expedition in Roxy.
Happy 1st Birthday to our Rannoch Explorer
May 1, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Happy 1st Birthday to our Rannoch Explorer

Check out some of the best "up close and personal" moments of the Explorer's first year in various corners of the globe.
The Wave - a great publication for our ocean rowing world
May 1, 2020
Nicola Douglas

The Wave - a great publication for our ocean rowing world

Check out The Wave - Coastal & Offshore Rowing Magazine. Issue 3 now out with Rannoch features on pages 21 and 36.
USA - here we come!
March 23, 2020

USA - here we come!

Last month our first Explorer landed on US soil and we’re thrilled to share a few photos of her out in Day Island Lagoon.
Groundbreaking, solar powered mission
February 7, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Groundbreaking, solar powered mission

We are thrilled to share details of Nova - the first single-handed manned vessel to cross an ocean using solar energy.
Rannoch Open Day: Postponed until further notice
February 7, 2020
Rachel Parsons

Rannoch Open Day: Postponed until further notice

Don't miss this chance to find out everything you ever wanted to know about ocean and coastal rowing, see our boats and meet the team.
The Wave - a great insight into our offshore world
February 3, 2020
Nicola Douglas

The Wave - a great insight into our offshore world

If you haven't seen The Wave Magazine before, check it out - it's a must-read for all coastal and ocean rowers.
Row an ocean with the Rannoch professionals
January 22, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Row an ocean with the Rannoch professionals

Find out how you can participate in an ocean row without the hassle of securing funding or pulling together a full team.
Rannoch teams smash it!
January 22, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Rannoch teams smash it!

If you’re planning on entering the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in the future, it makes sense to choose Rannoch! ‍Find out why.
Uncharted waters for lawyer, Victoria
January 9, 2020
Nicola Douglas

Uncharted waters for lawyer, Victoria

"Forcing yourself out of your comfort zone to do things you don't think you're capable of, you ultimately prove you are capable."
Christmas comes early for Fishguard & Goodwick Jemima Rowing Club
December 24, 2019

Christmas comes early for Fishguard & Goodwick Jemima Rowing Club

The sun shone, a rainbow appeared - what a fitting start to a new life in Wales.
It's all hands on deck in La Gomera
November 25, 2019
Rachel Parsons

It's all hands on deck in La Gomera

We put as much effort into supporting our teams at the start of TWAC 2019 as we put into building their boats.
The Tasman Sea Pedalo Challenge
November 12, 2019
Rachel Parsons

The Tasman Sea Pedalo Challenge

We love having new and exciting projects to get stuck into and this one is no exception!
An inspirational gesture in memory of Nicky
November 8, 2019

An inspirational gesture in memory of Nicky

What a night! £5,000 raised for charity and a new home for A Million Dreams.
You can never be too prepared
November 5, 2019
Rachel Parsons

You can never be too prepared

Being properly prepared ensures you can have a safe, fast and more enjoyable ocean crossing.
Working with teams globally
November 5, 2019
Rachel Parsons

Working with teams globally

This list just goes to show why we are the world’s Number 1 Ocean Rowing Company.
Man & Boat - mission accomplished!
October 17, 2019

Man & Boat - mission accomplished!

Together with Jordan Wylie, our Explorer makes the history books. Read the full story & see the photos of this inspiring adventure.
One Explorer + one bothy + one loch = SOLITUDE TRAINING
October 7, 2019

One Explorer + one bothy + one loch = SOLITUDE TRAINING

Marcus Beale (aka WhiteRows) finds the perfect combination in Scotland for his week of "Solitude Training".
Galicia - the perfect training ground
October 7, 2019
Laura Try

Galicia - the perfect training ground

Charlie and Angus headed out to north west Spain for their latest training session with Marcus Beale and WhiteRows.
Rannoch Explorer makes history
October 7, 2019
Rachel Parsons

Rannoch Explorer makes history

The Rannoch Explorer makes the history books as Jordan Wylie achieves a world first in Djibouti.
A nimble little training boat for anyone rowing an ocean
September 23, 2019

A nimble little training boat for anyone rowing an ocean

Many of our ocean rowers have been using the Explorer to train in – find out what they have to say about her!
What happens at a Try Before You Buy session?
September 16, 2019

What happens at a Try Before You Buy session?

Find out what to expect when you attend one of our Try Before You Buy sessions and read what two of our rowers said about the Explorer.
Fedor shatters world records
September 12, 2019
Laura Try

Fedor shatters world records

Fedor Konyukhov rows into the record books by completing leg 1 of his Round The World Row in Akros,a boat we so proudly designed and built.
Monumental day in ocean rowing
September 12, 2019
Laura Try

Monumental day in ocean rowing

50 years after John Fairfax became the first person to row solo across any ocean, the team at Rannoch marks his monumental achievement.
Aurora Sea School - simply the best!
September 12, 2019
Laura Try

Aurora Sea School - simply the best!

What better way to learn the tricks of the ocean rowing trade than with an experienced ocean rower? Meet Dawn Wood.
The whole kit & caboodle
September 12, 2019
Laura Try

The whole kit & caboodle

What kit do you need to row around the world? Russian explorer and adventurer Fedor Konyukhov knows only too well!
12 World Records for Rannoch rowers
September 12, 2019
Laura Try

12 World Records for Rannoch rowers

Rannoch Adventure rowers collected a massive 12 World Records last year - we are delighted!
Olympians conquer the English Channel in an Explorer
September 5, 2019

Olympians conquer the English Channel in an Explorer

Last week a pairs Explorer was rowed across the English Channel by two Olympic medalists – James Foad & Alex Gregory MBE. And what a memorable day it was!
TV’s Jordan Wylie gets new boat from Burnham for adventure
September 3, 2019

TV’s Jordan Wylie gets new boat from Burnham for adventure

An extreme adventurer paid a visit to Rannoch's HQ in Burnham on Crouch to pick up his new vessel for his Rowing Dangerously challenge.
Join these two at the Gala Ball!
September 3, 2019

Join these two at the Gala Ball!

Join Charlie & Angus on 7th November for a glitzy evening of entertainment, laughter and fun in support of adventurer Jordan Wylie’s Rowing Dangerously charitable campaign.
Explorer gains CE marking
September 3, 2019

Explorer gains CE marking

See the photos of the capsize test which was necessary to gain the CE marking for the Explorer ensuring it meets health and safety requirements within Europe.
The Jurassic Coast provides the perfect rowing playground
September 2, 2019

The Jurassic Coast provides the perfect rowing playground

What better way for Jordan Wylie to explore one of the UK’s iconic World Heritage Sites than in a Rannoch Explorer?
Riding high on the crest of The Wave
September 2, 2019

Riding high on the crest of The Wave

Take a look at The Wave – a brand new e-magazine dedicated to the offshore, coastal and river rowing community. And Rannoch Adventure is proud to feature heavily in the very first issue!
What better way to explore our quirky coastline than by boat?
July 26, 2019

What better way to explore our quirky coastline than by boat?

Britain may not be the Maldives but we do have one thing in common - huts on stilts! There are so many gems waiting to be discovered along our coastline and the Explorer is the perfect boat in which to to do.
Rowing Dangerously goes from school library to the Solent
July 2, 2019

Rowing Dangerously goes from school library to the Solent

The Rannoch Explorer wows students in Surrey and takes on some very big ships in the English Channel
Explorer designer tests the waters in his creation
July 2, 2019

Explorer designer tests the waters in his creation

"My first impression of the Explorer was how light it was to row and how much progress depends on the correct technique rather than strength."
The perfect training boat for an ocean crossing
June 24, 2019

The perfect training boat for an ocean crossing

An exciting day for two of the Bubbleheads as they headed down to Burnham to test out the new Rannoch Explorer. Safe to say the lads loved it!
Ocean Rowing Pioneers
June 4, 2019
Nicola Douglas

Ocean Rowing Pioneers

A wonderful article written by Firepot which sums up what makes Rannoch Adventure the Essex boat builders at the helm of ocean rowing.
Rannoch Adventure launches new boat which is ideal for “everyone and anyone”
May 26, 2019

Rannoch Adventure launches new boat which is ideal for “everyone and anyone”

Charlie Pitcher, founder of Rannoch Adventure, launches a very exciting, brand new addition to his fleet of ocean rowing boats this month in Essex – the Explorer.
The Explorer has arrived!
April 18, 2019
Nicola Douglas

The Explorer has arrived!

Rannoch Adventure launches a very exciting, brand new addition to his fleet of ocean rowing boats – the Explorer.
Your Guide to the Handheld VHF
September 5, 2018
Laura Try

Your Guide to the Handheld VHF

Your Guide to the Handheld VHF When Ocean Rowing
Your Guide to Lifejackets For Ocean Rowing
August 15, 2018
Laura Try

Your Guide to Lifejackets For Ocean Rowing

Newtons. Whistles. Hydrostatic. Manual. Spray Hoods. What does it all mean? Find out the answers to your questions here.
What is a PLB?
July 19, 2018
Laura Try

What is a PLB?

Find out how this tiny device can save lives, how to use it and why you should take one when ocean rowing.
What is an AIS?
April 25, 2018
Laura Try

What is an AIS?

Why you need an AIS when ocean rowing? Find out how it works here.
What is an EPIRB?
January 3, 2018
Laura Try

What is an EPIRB?

How does it work? When will you need it? Find out everything there is to know here.
FEED YOUR FIRE - Ember Snack Biltong Review
October 31, 2017
Laura Try

FEED YOUR FIRE - Ember Snack Biltong Review

5 Reasons To Take Biltong On An Ocean Rowing Expedition
The Man Who Will Row Around The World
October 25, 2017
Laura Try

The Man Who Will Row Around The World

No-one has ever rowed around the world. Several have tried. All have failed. Not this time. Meet Fedor Konyukhov.
Alex Gregory | The Polar Row | IGo Adventures
October 19, 2017
Laura Try

Alex Gregory | The Polar Row | IGo Adventures

Most ocean rowing events are challenging enough as it is. Meet Alex gregory who rowed across the Arctic ocean.