Meet the Crew

Presenting our ‘before & after’ shots, taken by Talisker’s official race photographer, the sublime Ben Duffy

(Gee’s photo coming soon)

Bella Collins

Bella Collins

Marketing at Scott Dunn, London View Details
Lauren Morton

Lauren Morton

Nurse, Adventurer and Skipper, Leeds. View Details
Olivia Bolesworth

Olivia Bolesworth

Graphic Designer, Chichester. View Details
Gee Purdy

Gee Purdy

PR executive at Ogilvy Public Relations, London View Details
Bella Collins

Bella Collins

Marketing at Scott Dunn, London

Bella was born into a water-loving family, and despite 3 near-drowning incidents before the age of 5, she is still in love with the water. Bella currently works for Scott Dunn in LA.

Bella’s Grandpa was World Champ. in Flying Dutchman & Hornet dinghy classes, her uncle has the world record for the fastest solo Atlantic row and her brother has 5 world records for rowing multiple oceans. It was time for the family’s little girl to take on a big adventure. When Bella was approached by Lauren the challenge could not be turned down!

Lauren Morton

Lauren Morton

Nurse, Adventurer and Skipper, Leeds.

Brought up in Yorkshire, Lauren has always felt comfortable outdoors. It wasn’t until she studied in Bristol that Rowing took over… 4 years in the boat club and a year’s captaincy under her belt, Lauren wanted to ‘push the boat out’ that little bit further.

In 2013 Lauren and her teammate Hannah set off to row the Atlantic as team ‘Inspirational friends’… 96 days later after equipment failure and low food rations, they were rescued and spent the next 14 days on an Indian container ship headed for Canada. Once home, Lauren set her sights back on the ocean and ‘Row Like a Girl’ was born.

Lauren also starred in a 6 week TV documentary ‘The Island’ and hopes to become a full-time survivalist and adventurer. In 2015 she also ran 7 marathons in 7 days in 7 countries.

Olivia Bolesworth

Olivia Bolesworth

Graphic Designer, Chichester.

Brought up in Cornwall, ocean and the outdoors has flowed strongly through Olivia’s veins all her life. In her early 20’s she traded in a life of horses for motorbikes, and now bombs around the UK, Europe and beyond on two wheels at any given opportunity.

Olivia and Lauren met during their time rowing at University in Bristol, they competed in the same boats and lived together.

Gee Purdy

Gee Purdy

PR executive at Ogilvy Public Relations, London

From hockey to sailing, golf to swimming Gee is a natural, all-round sports woman, competing at many representative levels. With an appetite for adventure, fuelled by worldwide travel, Gee thrives off pushing herself to her physical limits.

Following graduation from the University of Manchester in 2014, she now works at Ogilvy PR London in Corporate and Consumer communications.

After spending the summer of 2014 living ocean rowing as part of the family and friends left behind, Gee was inspired to embark on her own adventure. When asked to join Row Like a Girl, it was without hesitation the she knew it was a challenge she wanted to conquer.


It all started in 1966 when British Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway made history by becoming the first men to row the Atlantic. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 50 ft waves, and a near starvation diet. There is no doubt that the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is one of the toughest races on earth.

Olivia Bolesworth, 27, Bella Collins, 23, Lauren Morton, 26, and Georgina Purdy, also 23, are Row Like a Girl (RLAG), who – having beaten 24 teams to come second in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – became the youngest and fastest all-woman crew to row the Atlantic unaided.
The reality is 40 days without setting foot on land, alternating sleep and rowing in two-hour blocks, enduring waves the size of houses, too many bum sores to count, a plastic bucket for a loo and fixing all problems on the boat themselves, knowing any emergency help is two or three days awayThe girls rowed over 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua in 40 days, eight hours and 26 minutes. 
Low points weren’t too thin on the ground either: Morton and Purdy in particular had to cope with crippling seasickness for the first few days. The girls also had to row through the night, powering through strong side-on waves that during the day they could prepare for, but in the darkness were invisible, making the boat very vulnerable. And then you have the everyday practicalities of four adults on a boat measuring 7.5m by 1.8m, Freeze dried food, limited rations and that bucket.

 

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