This is the first in a series of columns featuring the Bucks Buoys who will embark on a row across the Atlantic Ocean in December, raising money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

The quartet, comprised of Kevin Luff, Paul Smith, Nic Parslow and Rhys Luff, will set off from the Canary Islands and aim to finish in Antigua, 3,000 miles and 37 days later.

Here is what the team have been through:

A lot has changed since we last spoke to the Bucks Buoys back in May 2018. With a matter of months until they set off to row across the Atlantic Ocean, training has been in full swing. With a new rower in the team, Rhys has brought the average age of the team down considerably at 21-years-old.

The team dynamics are stronger than ever and techniques are being perfected with every practice row.

The Buoys spend weekends on the coast, working towards the necessary hours they must have under their belt before they can compete in the ‘worlds toughest row’ the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

They have just completed their first over night row which they thoroughly enjoyed.

It’s not just weekends when the Buoys dedicate their free time towards the training, early mornings or straight after work they can be found at the gym, or on their own rowing machines at home.

Weekly personal training sessions and yoga classes are part of the Buoys strict routine.

Thankfully the Buoys have their sponsors, David Lloyd’s Gym & Iygengar Yoga Shala to support them throughout their training.

They are on the lookout for sponsors to support the team.

However, let’s not forget the reason the Buoys have decided to take on the mammoth challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, to raise much needed funds for their charities, MacMillan Cancer Support and local charity funding research into a childhood eye condition; IN-vision. The Buoys have been able to rely on the help and expertise of Paralympic - gold medal winning - rower, Naomi Riches. Naomi has helped the Buoys perfect their rowing techniques. Her knowledge and contacts have proved invaluable.

Lend them your support and have a chat with one of guys at Downley Day on June 15, June 8 at Napfest & June 16 at Marlow Regatta. If you are interested in learning more visit