Alumna takes on the world's toughest row

27 February 2018

Alumna Caroline Wilson, who graduated in 2009 with BSc(Hons) Business Information Systems, will be taking on the world’s toughest row in December, as she competes in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Along with two friends, Caroline is part of Team Status Row. What marks the team out from others is that none of the rowers are professional athletes! They are three ordinary women who want to do something incredible, whilst also raising awareness of the plastic pollution epidemic currently blighting the world’s oceans.

Caroline said: ‘I’ve always been an adventure lover. I’ve done marathons and endurance trials in the past and I was looking for my next challenge. I saw a documentary about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and thought we could do it. In fact, the challenge and the issue of plastic pollution are very similar, if they are broken down into small steps, we can make a difference.'

'We’re going to raise money and awareness for the Marine Conservation Society – something that we all feel very passionate about. It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean.'

'We aim to bridge the gap between awareness of the problem and action towards a solution. Each of us can do something to reduce the amount of single-use plastic in our lives, starting today. Together, we can turn this around.’

Rowing non-stop for 50 days

In undertaking the challenge, Team Status Row will be rowing non-stop for 50 days, covering over 3,000 miles, and are aiming to become the fastest, and second-ever, female trio to row across the Atlantic.

They will be one of 30 teams competing, starting from the Canary Islands in early December and finishing in Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, in Antigua and Barbuda.

Details about the Team’s progress will be updated on the @hertsalumni twitter feed. You can find out more about Team Status Row through their website:


Caroline featured on the panel at the Sustainable St Albans screening of A Plastic Ocean on Sunday 22 April at 8pm, at The Odyssey cinema in St Albans.


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