But what, exactly, should I do?
Having taken up rowing a few years earlier, I decided that rowing the Atlantic would be an extreme enough challenge to warrant some attention.
I didn’t fancy doing it alone so, fortunately, David Murray, the son of one of my closest but recently departed friends, Richard, agreed to join me.
So we set about preparing to enter one of the World’s Toughest Rowing races, name the boat The Entrepreneur Ship and started raising money for UnLtd.
On 12th December 2021, after intensive training and preparation, David and I rowed away from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to begin our 3,000 mile crossing to Antigua. David was 57 and I was 68.
On 3rd February 2022 – 53 days, 3 hours and 42 minutes later – we became world record holders as the oldest pair ever to have rowed any ocean! And we had raised 753,000!