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Friday 24 April 2015

Can former Solent student make a new Guinness World Record?

There’s just one week to go ahead of former Southampton Solent University student Steen Stones’ Guinness World Record attempt to row around the UK in a restored 25-year old Australian surfboat.

Rowing Stones – ex marine and former Southampton Solent University student attempts charity row around the UK. Credit Terence Flynn Photography

Steen, an ex-marine and former part-time Business Studies student, and his fellow crew members set sail on 2 May 2015, attempting to row 2,500 miles around the UK to raise money for The Royal Marines Association and Wessex Cancer Trust.

Steen, who served with the Royal Marine Commandos for five years, says: “It all started over a few beers. Fast forward to today and suddenly the four of us are facing the challenge of a lifetime. We’ve jacked in our jobs to row 2,500 miles around the UK; leaving loved ones behind for three months, but what a challenge!”

To make a further splash, the team will wear their speedos as part of their efforts to raise £100,000, to be split equally between their two chosen charities.

The team will be wearing their speedos as part of their efforts to raise £100,000

“I am rowing for all those men who put their lives at risk in the Royal Marines serving in hostile environments all over the world, and for the men and families of those who didn’t make it back,” Steen says.

“I also row for Wessex Charity Trust to help all those that are affected, cancer affects us all in some way,” Steen continues.

Fresh from six months training and with a surfboat that has undergone extensive restoration by local craftsmen to provide a seaworthy vessel, the team aim to complete the row in 100 days, calling at 90 ports, and rowing around 25-30 miles a day.

The four core crew will be joined by three auxiliary rowers and assisted on land by several volunteer minibus drivers, where they will camp overnight.

There’s an opportunity to see the crew in training and/or join them at an eight hour row-a-thon on Saturday 25 April 2015 at Fitness First, Bournemouth.

Donations can be made via the team’s website:, where you can also follow their progress.