Skipper Leven Brown
Leven Brown is said to be one of the best ocean rowing skippers in the world. If you want to break records, he is the man to do it with!
His experience is invaluable, his first row (solo and unsupported from mainland Spain to Trinidad & Tobago) taught him to have the greatest respect for the ocean and gained great knowledge having no one else to rely on but himself in life-threatening situations.
His ocean rowing ‘team’ experience and his endless energy and enthusiasm gives great encouragement to crew and sponsors alike. He will to push himself to the limit and inspire his fellow ocean rowers to achieve their goals.
As a boy of 15, Leven was inspired to take up oars in 1987 when he attended the ‘John Ridgway School of Adventure’.
John, who with Chay Blyth (now Sir Chay Blyth), were the 2nd crew since the year 1896 to row across the Atlantic in the rowing boat English Rose III and at that time there were neither GPS systems nor satellite phones.
Ocean Going Ancestors
Leven loves the ocean, his paternal Great Grandfather Capt Donald MacPhee was one of the last men (along with Uffa Fox) to get his Skipper's ticket for Square Rigged Ships. Captain MacPhee navigated Sir Tommy Sopwith’s yacht 'Endeavour' across the Atlantic Ocean to Rhode Island in 1937 for the America Cup but died in Rhode Island prior to the actual race.
Leven's Grand Uncle Murdoch Brown was a Sea Captain and his Dad, Lorne is a very competent yachtsman & has sailed yachts over the Atlantic and many other places.