Team Wild Waves
On January 26th 2022 best friends Charlotte Harris and Jessica Oliver set a new world record for the fastest female pair to row 3,000-miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
Now the team are ready for their next challenge! In June 2024 Wild Waves will depart from Monterey Bay California and row 3000 miles across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii.
The girls proved that teamwork, grit, determination and the power of female friendship was a winning formula when crossing the Atlantic. Now they will have to dig deeper than ever to take on The Worlds Toughest Row!
We are Jessica Oliver and Charlotte Harris, best friends for over 12 years since meeting at Cardiff University!
We became Team Wild Waves in early 2020 when we signed up for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Little did we know how much the adventure would change our lives. Our friendship has always been dotted with incredible challenges; Marathons, Triathlons, and an unbelievable ‘Fight Night’ with the White-Collar Fight Club, however, TWAC 21 took us to a whole new level.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge had the potential to be the biggest, most rewarding, life-changing experience and wow, did it deliver. We completed our Atlantic Row on January 26th 2022 after 45 Days, 7 Hours and 25 minutes at sea to become the fastest female pair to ever row the Atlantic Ocean.
These challenges are not just about adventure for us. We are committed to raising vital funds for charity. During the Atlantic Challenge, we raised over £100,000 for Shelter and Women’s Aid. A feat that was as rewarding as the row itself, especially when seeing first-hand the people that money has helped.
Inevitably, after a gazillion ‘What’s next?’ conversations, we just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try and conquer antoher Ocean! Enter the Pacific Challenge. We know what we achieved with the Atlantic was beyond our wildest dreams so why not see if we can do it again with double the energy, passion and drive.
Bring. It. On.
Charlotte is a Global Sourcing Manager for a Top FMCG company working with over 130 different markets. She has a passion for Corporate Social Responsibility and Inclusion and Diversity and is always seeking out areas to drive these forward. Her motivation comes from the impossible and that’s why ‘The World’s Toughest Row’ is perfect for her!
Jessica has recently embarked on a business adventure by setting up the Salesforce consultancy Cosimo Cloud, named after the Wild Waves Ocean Rowing boat! She is currently contracted with Awaze as The Salesforce Product Owner. Alongside her business she is ecstatic to be taking on another Ocean Row.
Teamwork, determination and grit. The winning formula...
During their talks Jessica and Charlotte demonstrate how they apply their learnings from endurance challenges to their business and personal goals. Wild Waves aim to motivate individuals and teams to identify and embrace complimentary skill-sets to succeed. Their talks are fun, light hearted and instantly relatable to a corporate and social environment.
Typical themes include Resilience, Mental Stamina, Leadership, Teamwork, Authenticity, Women Empowerment and Controlling the Controllable. However the girls have the ability to carefully tailor their talks to ensure they have maximum relevance and impact to each audience.
"An outstanding presentation. Jessica and Charlotte have great charisma and the energy they bounce off each other is infectious. With a mix of striking videos and stories they really brought the whole experience to life. A phenomenal achievement. And given they had no rowing experience before they started training, It is truly an inspiring story. It shows if you set your mind to something - you can achieve it. Great insights into leadership, resilience and communication skills."
Richard Rudman: Leadership Trainer and Executive coach. IBM