About Us

Meet the Team

52 Degrees North are a team of three who came together from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, united in their desire to complete one of the most challenging rowing races in the world, the GB Row Challenge.

They will bring their own boat “Hope”, a Rossiter Ocean 4 to the 2025 race fleet and will be raising awareness and funds for ANDYSMANCLUB on their journey. The team will attempt to become the first and fastest trio to complete the GB Row Challenge. Alongside this, at the core of their philosophy is the belief that anyone can do anything, and of course, humility and humour must always be present in abundance!

David Irving

David is an investment consultant, based in London, where he works with his clients to identify new investment themes and opportunities.

After spending his 40s focused on flying and obtaining his private pilot’s licence, he is starting his 50s by reigniting his passion for rowing, this time swapping the river for the coastal waters and the open sea.

David hopes to create an impact from taking part in this challenge both in terms of raising money for charity and also hopefully motivating others to push ‘just a little further’.

He is relishing the challenge of being part of the first trio to ever attempt the GB Row Challenge and is looking forward to the training and build-up to June 2025.

Darren Saunders

Growing up in the Black Mountains in Abergavenny, Darren spent the majority of his upbringing exploring the local mountains and wider landscapes. Aged just 10 he was already setting out with a small rucksack filled with sausages, bread, lard and a frying pan to cook lunch outdoors. He carried this thirst for adventure and knowledge into later life by joining the military, something he saw as a natural progression, and travelling the world on operations.

On leaving the army after a near fatal helicopter crash, Darren decided that adventurous activities of a safer kind was what he needed, and so began his love of sailing and endurance sports. Now, aged 54, and having sailed and rowed many thousands of miles, he is taking on the GB Row challenge again. The focus on this occasion, being to raise as much money as possible for the team’s chosen charity and bring awareness in general to the Mental Health issues of our time. He also hopes to be a part of the first 3-crew to circumnavigate the entire GB coastline unsupported and set a new World Record.

Rod Tredgett

Rod is a freelance project manager providing services to support business and systems change within the financial services sector. Rod resides on the Essex Suffolk border close to the glorious coastal waters of East Anglia.

He has a long-standing relationship with the outdoors and a drive to challenge himself, developing his skills and gaining new experiences along the way. Rod has a particular interest in endurance activities, having completed many marathons and long distance ultra running events, full distance triathlon and multi day cycling and trekking activities. His waterways journey has covered a little bit of sailing, much more sea kayaking and more recently lots of coastal gig and skiff rowing.

Rod is motivated and excited by the prospect of pushing himself further, towards the unique goal that rowing around Great Britain as a trio offers, to see our beautiful coastline and it’s wildlife at such close quarters and to experience with his crew mates the physical and mental challenge that Row GB will demand both in preparation and execution. Making memories and a few pub stories along the way are of course on Rod’s agenda!

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