Worthing Town Hall is flying the banner for Atlantic Splash – the intrepid five men rowing across the Atlantic for charity in December. Worthing Borough Council gave permission for Atlantic Splash to fly the banner above the Town Hall steps this week and is happy to promote their gigantic effort. Atlantic Splash are almost certainly the first Worthing crew ever to make the attempt to cross the Atlantic.
The five ordinary men from Worthing Rowing Club 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.
Team Atlantic Splash are looking to raise funds in excess of £200,000 both to get their project going (the cost is expected to be in the region of £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.
Skipper Neal Marsh said: “The team is so pleased to be doing this for and with Worthing. We have pledged to give proceeds of the sale of our ocean boat after the race to buy a new Quad 4’s rowing boat for the rowing club – so the youth teams can train more easily and continue in their success this season!
“Obviously after we have rowed across the ocean.”
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 metres long and ten to twelve hours of rowing in a continuous night and day 2-hour shift pattern.
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/
Follow Atlantic Splash on Twitter: @AtlanticSplash
Worthing Daily is proud to sponsor Atlantic Splash.