The Hertford boatman, Jim Ronaldson, who is based in University College Boathouse is planning to row the Atlantic in the annual race of starting in December 2023.

The boat to be used has already been received, and is shown here in Jim’s boat workshop undergoing initial preparations. As you can see it’s called “Vesta” as it has already been across the Atlantic once, rowed by two ladies from Vesta Rowing Club in Putney.

Jim’s partner is from Shrewsbury and they will be, if successful, the oldest pair to have completed the race. Expected time; about 50 days or better!

—Ricardo, April 2022