As an expert cyclist and regular competitor in endurance sports, Wing Commander Sonny Row is no stranger to intense challenges. Now, Sonny is switching his bike for the open water and joining three other RAF pilots to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic and raise funds for Starlight in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Like his teammates, Sonny has spent the last 11 years serving as an RAF pilot. He has served in operations over Libya, Syria, Iraq and the Baltic States, completed 3 Front Line tours and serves on the Typhoon Qualified Weapons Instructor course – one of the toughest courses in the RAF.

Outside of his military duties, Sonny spends most of his free time cycling and has competed in road cycling, cyclo-cross and mountain biking events. But he doesn’t stop there: he’s also a regular in other endurance sports and recently took on an Iron Man challenge.

With the competition set to kick off in less than a week, Sonny is excited for the opportunity to test himself and his teammates in endurance, teamwork and leadership skills.

He’s ready to see how far he can push his body, both physically and mentally, but also wants to explore an unknown, testing environment with a team of like-minded individuals.

Sonny enjoys the challenges of leadership and followership alike, and has no doubt that attempting to win the TWAC will provide plenty of opportunities to improve in both fields.

The Atlantic Flyers embark on their journey on 12th December and will spend several weeks out on the water as they row from the Canary Islands to Antigua & Barbuda. You can follow along on their journey at