We did it!

An adrenaline rush

It’s an adrenaline rush when you think of the fact that you will be rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. A combination of fear, excitement and craziness which takes you beyond all boundaries. Blessed that you can make that choice and by doing so also helping others. That’s what the team Dutchess of the Sea will be setting out to do in December 2020 when they take on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Four Dutch women, Astrid Janse, Remke van Kleij, Bela Evers and Désirée Kranenburg will be embarking on this major feat of rowing more than 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean and by doing so, also raising money for ALS Netherlands and the Plastic Soup Foundation.

Every little bit helps. Thanks.

To help us in this exciting journey we are looking for your support, from the sideline to corporate sponsors. Take a look at our website for options in sponsorship.


The Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest rowing event, starts in La Gomera in the Canary Islands and finishes in Antigua & Barbuda – 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. We will be guaranteed exhaustion from rowing in shifts of 2 hours on 2 hours off, storms and 50ft waves that toss our tiny boat, blisters, sea sickness, sunburn, lack of sleep, open sores and dehydrated food. A mental and physical journey awaits us.

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The team

Astris Janse


Astrid is a 53 year old graphic designer, mother of a good looking boy and who is very spontaneous.

Remke van Kleij


Remke is a 58 year old grey(cious) lady. She leads an active lifestyle with her boyfriend and Dutchess of the Sea.

Desiree Kranenburg


Désirée is a 52 year old in-exterior decorator who has two dogs and a lovely guy. A woman with balls.

Bela Evers


Bela is 52 years young sporty freelance digital consultant, has 3 grown kids as well as a loving husband.


Astrid, Remke en Desiree met at their rowing club Daventre Portu in Deventer. The three have been taking part in the Dutch ‘Sloep’ (fixed seat boat) rowing competition for a number of years already. Bela has been rowing at Isala Rowing Club in Zutphen for over three years and is a new member of the Dutch Coastal Rowing club. They all share the same dream: to conquer the Atlantic.

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Be part of our journey! We have set up a crowdfunding action for those who would like to support us and our charities with a donation. We have set the minimum donation at € 5,- for administration purposes. And of course every donation, big or small, would be greatly appreciated. Your name travels with us in the cabin. In addition we have a few company sponsor packages for larger donations and visibility. We would be very grateful for your support. Thank you!



Every donation helps and as an appreciation of your contribution, we’ll carry your name in the cabin.
You will be our shipmate throughout the journey to give us the motivation and courage to cross the sea.


Corporate sponsorship

Partnering with the Dutchess of the Sea provides sponsors with unique way to raise the profile of your company. Whether it’s supporting us in supplies & equipment or financial support, we’ll be carrying your brand with pride.



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