May 22, 2023
Nicola Douglas

Prince of Wales rows RX45 to promote mental health

This week, the Prince of Wales joined the past, present and future crews of HMS Oardacious for a very important conversation about mental health. For #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek they headed out onto the water, chatting everything from teamwork to food rations and just what it takes to look after your mental health when rowing across the Atlantic. Watch the full film below.

Hugo Mitchell-Heggs, co founder of Team HMS Oardacious says:

"We first started talking to Rannoch in 2018 when we were sourcing a boat for our 2019 Atlantic row and have really enjoyed working with them ever since. As a company, they've done so much to open up the sport of ocean rowing.
We bought our second boat earlier this year, an RX45 that we have named "Captain Jim" in honour of our friend, the late Captain Jim Simpson. We fully support Rannoch's eco friendly approach to manufacturing and have always found Rannoch boats to be very easy to row - you just get on the oars and pull, as demonstrated by The Prince of Wales on Dorney Lake in Eton.
It was a real privilege to be involved with HRH and Kensington Palace in making this special film and help raise awareness of Mental Health Week."

HMS Oardacious represents Royal Navy Submariners who are rowing oceans every year and raising money for Mental Health and Wellbeing charities.

Photo and video credits: Kensington Palace