Back to main site

Britannia brings the Ocean Brothers home


Following their epic row across the Atlantic, Greg Bailey and Jude Massey – aka the Ocean Brothers – sailed back to the UK in style on board Britannia

The Ocean Brothers in front of Britannia

The Ocean Brothers in front of Britannia

Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean is no small feat. Just ask Greg Bailey (28) and Jude Massey (19), aka the Ocean Brothers, who recently completed the arduous journey. Fortunately, their trip home was a tad cushier – they travelled back to Southampton in style on board P&O Cruises Britannia.


The pair set off from Gran Canaria on 18 January, heading for the Caribbean. The ambitious undertaking was made in a boat measuring just 7.3m by 1.75m, with no support vessel or back-up boat. Their goal was to raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation in memory of their late father and stepfather, whom they lost to skin cancer in 2015.


After a 53-day journey, the brothers arrived in Barbados on 11 March and enjoyed six days on dry land before boarding Britannia on 17 March for the much less strenuous journey home. Britannia’s captain, Paul Brown, welcomed them both on board for the two-week crossing, which arrived in Southampton on 30 March. During their journey home, Jude and Greg carried out various fundraising events, as well as Q&A sessions with guests.


In addition to raising £92,600 and counting, the brothers can claim another impressive achievement: Jude is officially the youngest male to row any ocean in a pair, a record that is verified by Guinness.


For more information on the Ocean Brothers, visit their website >


Should you wish to support Jude and Greg by donating, visit their Just Giving page here >