Team Noble: 125 Days To Go

Credit: Weir Photography

With less than 125 days to go until the 2017 Talisker Whiskey Challenge, Team Noble have treated us to their latest photo shoot.

In November 2016, Firestyle announced that they were a proud sponsor of Team Noble’s Atlantic Row 2017, and the team – consisting of Kris Elliot, Allan Huntly, Iain Dickson, and Blair Elliot – featured in our Autumn 2016 Publication.

Credit: Weir Photography

The Talisker Whiskey 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. The team must carry all of supplies within their own vessel. Teams may be on-board these a 23ft rowing boats for up to 100 days at sea.

THE DATE – December 14th 2017
START POINT – La Gomera, Canary Islands
END POINT – Antigua, West Indies
DISTANCE – 3,000 Nautical Miles

For more details regarding the race, boat, and training schedule please see our initial article: Firestyle Supports Team Noble for the Atlantic Row 2017

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.

Credit: Weir Photography

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!

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