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THE TEAM

Our team, the Coastal Commanders, is more than just a group of three airline captains. We are a purpose-driven crew on a remarkable journey to raise funds and awareness for important charities. Our team is made up of a diverse group of athletes with a range of experiences and interests, all committed to achieving a shared goal. As we take on the challenges of the open ocean, we will push ourselves past our limits in an effort to break the world record of 35 days for the crossing. Join us on our journey as we strive to make a difference and inspire others to do the same.

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SCOTT DINGLE

Airline Captain

Meet Scott, one of our passionate and driven Coastal Commanders team members. With a background as an all-round functional fitness athlete and adventure racer, Scott is more than ready to take on the challenge of ocean rowing. His passion for pushing his limits and achieving new things inspires us all. 

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MARTIN MEAD

Airline Captain

Martin is the expedition specialist of the group having spent months at a time away from home, climbing some of the highest mountains in Africa and the Himalayas. He spent several years training and working towards his goal of climbing an 8,000 meter Peak. He achieved this on the 26th of September 2023 summiting Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world standing at 8,163 metres. The expeditions have pushed him to the extreme, both mentally and physically but through years of rigorous training and his strong determination he was able to push forward and achieve his ultimate goal.

 

Martin has always had a passion for the ocean and after conquering the mountains he now has his sight set on accomplishing an even greater challenge, a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean. He looks to take the skills learnt while preparing for his expeditions to help his team mates row the Atlantic in record breaking time. 

 

In the past Martin has experienced some of his own struggles with mental health, during this time he found the importance of sharing his thoughts with others, something men seem to avoid. One reason for taking on this challenge is to raise awareness and funds for the team’s chosen charities, ManUp and hopefully encourage all men to feel confident in sharing their struggles.

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JON REILLY

Airline Captain

Jon is our endurance specialist. Jon has over 15 years of triathlon racing experience over multiple distances, representing GB triathlon in the Age Group World Championships on several occasions. Jon has also been coaching triathlon and running training camps with Tri Training Harder for several years, he knows how to get the very best out of people. As well as pushing his body to the limit across the triathlon racing circuit Jon has challenged his mental and physical capabilities on many wild and wonderful off-grid adventures. He’s ridden his bike the length of the UK, twice, 2500 miles through Patagonia to the tip of South America and through the deserts and mountains of Morocco.

 

However, Jon’s physical and mental fortitude was tested to the limit in 2019 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer. Jon battled through 3 grueling rounds of chemotherapy to get his body back in shape to race triathlons again less than a year after diagnosis. Jon is taking on this row to help raise funds and awareness for his chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.  Jon is excited to take on the Atlantic, as his biggest challenge yet to prove that no matter what setbacks life throws your way, you can beat them and come back stronger than ever. 

 

Read more about Jon’s cancer journey on his blog at Triathlete vs Cancer.

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THE GREY MAN

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I am a potential 4th Coastal Commander 

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JON REILLY

Airline Captain

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Jon is our endurance specialist. Jon has over 15 years of triathlon racing experience over multiple distances, representing GB triathlon in the Age Group World Championships on several occasions. Jon has also been coaching triathlon and running training camps with Tri Training Harder for several years, he knows how to get the very best out of people. As well as pushing his body to the limit across the triathlon racing circuit Jon has challenged his mental and physical capabilities on many wild and wonderful off-grid adventures. He’s ridden his bike the length of the UK, twice, 2500 miles through Patagonia to the tip of South America and through the deserts and mountains of Morocco.

 

However, Jon’s physical and mental fortitude was tested to the limit in 2019 when he was diagnosed with stage 2 testicular cancer. Jon battled through 3 grueling rounds of chemotherapy to get his body back in shape to race triathlons again less than a year after diagnosis. Jon is taking on this row to help raise funds and awareness for his chosen charity, Macmillan Cancer Support.  Jon is excited to take on the Atlantic, as his biggest challenge yet to prove that no matter what setbacks life throws your way, you can beat them and come back stronger than ever. 

 

Read more about Jon’s cancer journey on his blog at Triathlete vs Cancer.

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