Charity & Community

Bucks Buoys take on Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge


In December this year four ordinary men from Bucks will be taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – The World’s Toughest Row – in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and IN-vision charities.


From La Gomera in the Canary Islands their team ‘Bucks Buoys’ will row 3000 miles to English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.

The Bucks Buoys are Kevin Luff, age 50, his son Rhys Luff, age 21 and friends Paul ‘Frankie’ Smith,  age 60 and Nic Parslow, age 56.

Before deciding to take on the Challenge, the Buoys had no rowing experience whatsoever. In-spired by seeing teams from the 2017/18 race arrive in Antigua, they registered for the 2019/20 race, bought their boat and began preparations.

Their rigorous training regime has been life changing, comprising daily gym sessions to improve their fitness levels. Thanks must go to the following training sponsors:

  • David Lloyd Clubs
  • Iyengar Yoga Shala High Wycombe (for strength, mobility and stability)
  • Naomi Riches MBE* (rowing tuition)

Naomi Riches* is a Paralympian Gold Medal Rower and Patron of IN-vision charity

The Buoys spend their weekends at sea finding their sea legs and familiarising themselves with the routine they will be adopting during the gruelling journey across the Atlantic Ocean.

They plan to row in pairs, two hours on, two hours off, 24/7 for the duration of the Challenge, which they hope to complete in fourty days.

As well as facing Atlantic swells up to fourty feet high in the extremely cramped conditions of their twenty eight feet long by six feet wide ocean rowing boat ‘Sara-Lou’, the Buoys will need to overcome sea-sickness, salt sores, sleep deprivation and physical and mental exhaustion along the way.

However, they are looking forward to seeing whales, dolphins, sharks, night skies above the water and all the magnificent natural wonders of the ocean in a way that so few have enjoyed; incredibly, more people have climbed Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic!

To find out more about this epic adventure and to follow and support Bucks Buoys’ campaign and charity goals please visit

Twitter: @BucksBuoys
Instagram: @BucksBuoys

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hiya bucks

Here at hiya bucks we go on regular walks exploring the local towns, villages, public footpaths, gardens, rivers, lakes and more! We love getting out and about discovering new places to visit and we thoroughly enjoy going to local events and getting involved with the community. We hope to inspire others to step out of their daily routines and see more of our Beautiful Buckinghamshire.