Go Commando follows Lieutenant Orlando Rogers and Captain Ben Gaffney of the Royal Marines as they compete in the toughest ocean rowing race in the world. On 2 December 2007, Rogers and Gaffney set off from the Canary Islands and embarked on the 3,000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean. They were both determined to do something extraordinary before their deployment to Afghanistan.
With no rowing experience the pair were relying on their tough commando training to get them through the challenge. The marines battled through gale force winds and scorching sun, rowing alternately, one hour on one hour off, and for much of the time completely naked in a bid to avoid painful and debilitating chaffing. The expedition took its toll both physically and mentally, but the four qualities expected of all Royal Marines Commandos – unselfishness, loyalty, determination and cheerfulness in the face of adversity – sustained them over 55 days of constant rowing.
Orlando Rogers was a truly remarkable guy. He joined the Royal Marines at 18 and by his 19th birthday had become the youngest officer to pass out of training. Everyone in the Corps knew him as ‘The Man Mountain He believed in living every moment as if it were his last and shared his abundant enthusiasm for adventure with all he met. In 2011, at the age of 26, his life came to a tragic end whilst fulfilling another of his ambitions – to fly in a Tiger Moth bi-plane. His memory lives on in the Orlando Rogers Foundation, a charitable fund founded by his family and friends to enable other young people to fulfill their dreams.
Orlando Rogers Foundation Ltd Company Number 08299209 (a charitable company limited by guarantee)