The name 'Aurora' comes from the Latin word, meaning 'Dawn', so it was an easy choice of name

for a challenge and a business, spearheaded by Dawn Wood


It symbolises a new beginning, which is a powerful way to start each day!

Dawn is a commercially endorsed yachtmaster and an accredited instructor in many maritime disciplines such as RYA navigation, vhf radio, RADAR, advanced powerboat and yachtmaster to name just a few. She has worked commercially on the water for 16 years as a police boat skipper so is no stranger to working in extreme maritime environments. 


Dawn first became involved in coastal rowing in 2014 when her home town of Burnham on Crouch set up a rowing club. Charlie Pitcher (Ocean rowing world record holder) is the president of the rowing club and founder of Rannoch Adventure. Charlie learnt about Dawn’s skills and asked her to help with an ocean rowing project in China.


Charlie said;

“Dawn had all the skills I needed in a team member to help with this project. She is just amazing”


The project was very successful involving 3 years of training and ending with 10 students taking part in a 300 mile ocean row into Hong Kong. 

In January 2018 Dawn witnessed four of her students in team ‘Kung Fu Cha Cha’ cross the Atlantic Ocean gaining several world records in the process.


Dawn said;

“To know I was part of their story was a real honour”

After being a pert of Kung Fu Cha Cha's success Dawn began expanding her business 'AURORA SEA SCHOOL' to help more Ocean rowers achieve their goals with both on and off the water training.

Dawn quickly realised that she could not continue to work in the Ocean Rowing Industry without taking on an ocean herself.

'ROW AURORA SOLO ATLANTIC CHALLENGE' was born in April 2018 with a start date of January 2019 in mind. 

By the 25th of February 2019 Dawn Wood was the proud owner of the title 'Ocean Rower' and a successful solo and unsupported independent row across the Atlantic ocean. 

During 2019 Dawn has continued to develop her portfolio training many ocean rowers and planning for the next big adventure.