Why are we called the One Ocean Crew?

Through our transatlantic row the One Ocean crew want to increase awareness and understanding of why the ocean matters to us all. Ocean literacy is central to this.

Ocean literacy is defined as ‘an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean’. It is widely considered to be a vital step in encouraging people to live and act more sustainably.

The first and most basic principle of ocean literacy is that Earth has one big ocean with many features. Different parts of the ocean are joined by one interconnected circulation system powered by winds, tides, the force of the Earth’s rotation, the Sun, and water density differences. This system moves energy, matter and organisms around the globe.

What happens in one part of the ocean can affect the other parts.

Although the ocean is large, it is finite, and its resources are limited. Our one ocean makes life on Earth possible.

Jen Cullom

Physiotherapist with GB and England Hockey

Jen works with GB hockey supporting the athletes to the Tokyo Olympics 2021 and has previously worked with elite athletes from a number of sports.

Last year Jen completed her Masters and set up JCPhysio&Pilates providing physiotherapy and pilates in her local area. 

Previously Jen rowed for 6 years racing at Henley Women's Regatta and competed in the Boston Rowing Marathon. She moved to triathlon last year completing her first Half Ironman. Jen has been enjoying getting back on erg in preparation for the row with One Ocean crew.


Jen loves being by the ocean, especially running along the coastal paths. She is excited to be part of the One Ocean crew supporting ocean protection.

Emily Woodason

Landscape Architect

Emily is a landscape architect with a passion for the environment and designing spaces that increase people’s connection with nature.


Through her work and volunteering, she aims to raise awareness of the benefits of nature-based solutions for people and our planet.


Having learned to sail, kayak and windsurf at a young age, Emily loves any opportunity to be on the water. In 2017-18 she took part in the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race, sailing 20,000 miles from the UK to Australia and placing second overall. She has recently taken up rowing and is enjoying being back on the water on the Thames in London.


Not content with sailing the Atlantic, Emily is now determined to row across it. Familiar with the hardships and isolation of ocean crossings, she is excited to work with One Ocean Crew to confront the Atlantic once more and to cross that finish line together.  

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