Five Worthing men are to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic for charity. Team Atlantic Splash aim to raise £200,000 for charity and try to bring a World Record home to Sussex.
Neil Marsh, Tom Hyland, Marc Alderman, Terry Munson and Bastien Leclair will row in December 2013 from San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands to the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Challenge in English Harbour, Antigua.
This extraordinary adventure aims to raise money and awareness of four charities reflecting challenges faced at various stages of life: The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, The Tall Ships Youth Trust, The British Heart Foundation and the Macular Disease Society.
On their route down the trade-winds, a route first explored by Columbus in his discovery of the Americas, Team Atlantic Splash will face the many challenges of an ocean crossing: 50-foot waves, close encounters with boats, floating objects, sharks and whales. The team will also have to cope with the extreme pressure of living and working as a team in a 10 metre long, 2 metre wide boat, with only two little cabins to rest in.
All members of crew will be rotating every two hours of night and day on the boat’s two rowing positions, completing over a million oar-strokes in a journey expected to take between 35 and 45 days. Team Atlantic Splash will also keep an eye on the World Record time for crossing the Atlantic Ocean from the Canaries to Antigua as a five-man crew. 37 days and 5 hours is the mark to beat to bring the record to Sussex.
Bastien Leclair said: “Our prime target is to row the boat successfully to Antigua and reach our fundraising target of £200,000 but the World Record is also an achievable target. With the right sort of preparation and a little help from the Ocean, we firmly believe we can do it!”
You can find out more about Team Atlantic Splash’s endeavours and donate by visiting www.rowtheatlantic2013.co.uk.