Five brave members of Worthing Rowing Club are attempting to row across the Atlantic in December under the banner Atlantic Splash. They are almost certainly the first Worthing crew ever to make the attempt.
The five ordinary men who take on this extraordinary adventure are not top drawer rowers, not seasoned ‘round the world’ rowers nor incredible athletes. They are just a bunch of good friends usually found in coastal rowing boats, racing around the Sussex and Kent shorelines.
On December 2nd 2013, Team Atlantic Splash will take on the challenge of a lifetime: The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Setting off from San Sebastian de La Gomera, Canaries Islands, in their endeavour to row across the Atlantic.
Throughout the 3000 mile journey to the finish line in Antigua, following the route once opened by Columbus, they will face tropical storms, 50 foot waves, physical and mental exhaustion, startled marine life, daily cohabitation on board a vessel less than ten metre long and ten to twelve hours of rowing in a continuous night and day 2-hour shift pattern.
Skipper Neal Marsh said: “We as a crew are so excited to be doing this incredible challenge knowing we have Worthing behind us and although our charities are not local ones they do affect all our lives from birth to the end of life – specifically chosen by us all for personal reasons.”
Team Atlantic Splash are looking to raise funds in excess of £200,000 both to get their project going (the cost is expected around £70,000) and to be distributed equally to their four chosen charities. These are the Great Ormond Street Hospital, the Tall Ships Youth Trust, the British Heart Foundation and the Macular Society.
The team are Bastien Leclair, Marc Alderman, Neal Marsh, Terry Munson and Tom Hyland.
To donate please go to their website: http://www.rowtheatlantic2013.co.uk/