Team Row4Victory are raising funds for Soldier On! by rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They started out on a cracking pace and after a couple of days of relentless seasickness, they all fell into the routine of rowing for two hours then resting for two, around the clock. Their resting period isn’t much of a rest as they have to produce drinking water, wash and eat as well as get some sleep.
By the 21st of December they had rowed over a thousand miles maintaining a steady 3 knots. One of the jobs they have to regularly do is to jump into the sea and clean the hull of the boat. On one of these trips, poor Duncan dived in and landed splat on top of a jelly fish who had ideas that Duncan was today’s lunch, but luckily he managed to get back on board and into the tender care of team medic, and former Royal Marine, Glyn.
Messages of support have been flying around social media from various news broadcasters from the BBC and ITV, celebrities including James Corden, ‘Boysie’ from ‘Only Fools and Horses’, Ross Edgley, Sir Gary Verity, various schools all over the country, from HRH Prince of Bhutan, and our own Patron, Lord Frederick Windsor. We were moved her at SO! HQ that two three of our former members, made little video clips of support and posted them on twitter. (@soldieronorg)
The wildlife the guys have seen has been amazing, including wales and flying fish!
On New Year’s Day, the team announced that they had reached the half way point, attracting more support from their home supporters at BBC Radio York and Minster FM. The guys were, at this time, in 6th place out of 28 teams who started. Other celebrations included Skipper, Will, celebrating his birthday and wedding anniversary on the high seas!
Then, disaster struck. Team member Fraser announced that an old knee injury had decided to strike at the worst time. He had to have a few days off the oars to recover and, proving the team spirit through adversity of this team, the other three simply increased their rowing hours to compensate. Drifting along slowly was never going to be an option for these hardy Yorkshiremen! Luckily, a few days rest allowed Fraser to return to the oars and the team made one of the most incredibly feats of progress by cutting the lead of the boat ahead of them from 24 miles to just 2 miles in 48 hours!
The guys now have over 800 miles left and we are cheering their every stroke.
Remember they are raising funds for us and The Royal British Legion and we would encourage you to make a donation, if you can, thank you. All the money raised by them goes towards our delivery of personal development to ensure disadvantaged, socially isolated, or vulnerable people get help to take the first steps into independent and fulfilling futures in paid, voluntary roles or further education. Please go to www.row4victory.com to make a donation specifically to us. We promise you that your money will ONLY be spent on delivery of projects, no salaries, not pensions, no running costs, JUST helping people.