Those who know St Andrews in Fife will most probably know Balgove Larder – the farm shop conceived from a love of fresh, Scottish fare. Run by Henry (oar in hand) with his mate, Will Docker, it is a hub for top-notch locally reared, grown, stalked, caught, handmade, and prepared foods.

They are passionate about provenance.

Henry says: “Scotland is home to some of the world’s best produce. Everything we raise and grow on the farm travels just a few miles, at most, and ends up right here in the shop.

And it is that passion for a sustainable future – sustainable for farming and the planet – that led Henry to take on this unique challenge.

The challenge will see Henry join others on the trans-Atlantic row that takes them 3,000 miles from San Sebastian De La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua in the Caribbean.

They set off in mid December 2023. It is not a race, but every participant will have their sights on a time for their row, a time for their individual challenge that they will want to meet … or beat! Before Henry and #PollyAnne23 set off, we will share that ‘wished for’ time.

Challenge Milestones

The row is an enormous task. Although Henry is rowing solo, he knows it would not be possible without a small army of helpers. They are all combining to keep the project on track. As we countdown to the ‘off’, we will share key milestones along the way …