Firestyle Supports Team Noble for the Atlantic Row 2017

Four Scottish men whose combined rowing experience, until recently, was watching Team GB rowing in the 2012 Olympic Games – are taking on The Atlantic Row 2017.

Team Noble

Pictured L-R: Blair Elliot, Iain Dickson, Allan Huntly, Kris Elliot – Team Noble

Allan, Blair, Iain and Kris are two firefighters, an engineer and a conservationist with a healthy sense of adventure. The boys like to think they know a bit about working with water. The Atlantic Row 2017 will really put their skills to the test.

Who are Team Noble?

Four Scottish men whose combined rowing experience, until recently, was watching Team GB rowing in the 2012 Olympic Games.

If Team Noble succeed in this attempt we will become the first ever Scottish Firefighters to row across any of the world’s oceans.


The World’s Toughest Row

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 mile endurance race across the world’s most dangerous ocean, The Atlantic.

The expedition sees intrepid teams pitching ourselves against; each other, 40ft waves, sleep deprivation and the ever present threat of shark attacks!

Each team is self-sufficient. We carry all of our supplies on our own vessel. We may be on board these a 23ft rowing boats for up to 100 days at sea.

START POINT – La Gomera, Canary Islands
END POINT – Antigua, West Indies
DISTANCE – 3,000 Nautical Miles


The Race

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 nautical mile endurance race across the world’s most dangerous ocean, The Atlantic. No Engine, No Sail. No Assistance is the basis of this race, with teams rowing 23ft rowing boats from start to finish. The intrepid teams pitch themselves against each other battling 40ft waves, sleep deprivation, and shark attacks – whilst having to carry all food and water on board for the journey which can take up to 100 days.

More people have been into space or have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.

The race was founded by Sir Chay Blyth in 1997 and Team Noble intends to enter the 20th Anniversary which will leave in December 2017 from La Gomera, Canary Islands and finish in Antigua, West Indies. If successful in this attempt, Team Noble will become the first ever Scottish firefighters to row across any of the world’s oceans.

The Boat

Team Noble’s boat “The Pendovey Swift” is a Woodvale Pairs class 23ft ocean rowing boat that has crossed the Atlantic Ocean no less than three times! The boat has been renovated completely and a platform complete with steps and a handrail has been installed, allowing observers to look inside a real ocean rowing boat.

The Training

To train for up to 100 days at sea requires a strict regimen of nutrition and training. An average day leading up race will consist of:


  • Breakfast – bowl of cereal or porridge, wholegrain toast with poached eggs, and a bagel or muffin
  • Lunch – plenty of carbohydrates, usually pasta or chilli and rice, accompanied with veg.
  • Dinner – Chicken, turkey, or fish, with plenty of vegetables.

The average sized ocean rower will lose 2 stone in weight on an Atlantic Crossing, so you need to pile on the pounds. Plenty of fruit and veg helps to prevent scurvy, a disease caused by vitamin C deficiency.


  • Morning run or cycle – 4 miles for joggers, 15 miles for cyclists.
  • Plenty of stretching throughout the day whether yoga or CrossFit warm ups, to improve core strength and stability, and to protect the lower back.
  • Two hour row.

This routine will need to be performed at least 5 days a week to prepare for the event. A caloric surplus ensures that fat and fuel will be constantly stored up for when the team is eventually cast off from La Gomera.

The Fire Fighters Charity

Team Noble are supporting The Fire Fighters Charity, one of our essential emergency services that provide services that enhance the quality of life for serving and retired firefighters, fire personnel and their families.

The four-man boat and equipment will be sold on return, with the proceeds going to The Fire Fighters Charity.


A significant amount of equipment is required to row across the Atlantic Ocean safely. All this equipment will need to be purchased by Team Noble and subsequently is open to sponsorship or gifts from individuals and businesses.

Firestyle is an official Gold Sponsor of Team Noble, however the team need to raise a further £30,000 before their sponsorship is complete.

Here are just some of the costs associated with the race:

  • Race Entry Fee – £19,000
  • Boat – £35,000
  • Satellite phone and aerial, including bills – £2,200
  • Solar Panels – £1,500
  • Food – £1,000

Any donations would be much appreciated, and can be made via the Team Noble website. All contributions of £10 or more gets your name on the Wall of Heroes – a huge vinyl sticker of every contributor’s name – and rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic!

Why Team Noble?

In memory of boss, colleague, and friend Watch Manager John Noble.


Watch Manager John Noble

On the 23rd of January 2008 boss, colleague and friend Watch Manager John Noble was tragically killed when the fire appliance he was travelling in was involved in a road traffic collision. The crew were responding to an emergency call at a local school.

John was a highly regarded, dedicated and popular watch manager with over 23 years’ experience in the Fire Service, he had travelled as far as Texas, U.S.A to attend Urban Search and Rescue training and Russia to train firefighters in Road Traffic Collision Extrication.

John was just 46 years old at the time and left behind a wife and two children. The other members of the crew, including team member Allan Huntly, suffered extensive injuries in the accident with differing levels of care required.

We feel a fitting tribute to Johnny is to dedicate this race to his memory and for us to raise much needed funds for firefighters across the UK who may need the charities help.