In less than two months the Row for the Ocean team start their 3000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The team are due to set off from La Gomera on 12 December 2018, weather permitting.
As an all-women crew of four, Rosalind Holsgrove-West, Kirsty Baker, Kate Salmon and Laura Try will spend more than a month at sea in a rowing boat, no more than two metres wide and seven metres long.
Supported by main partners, P1 Investment Management, the mainly Devon-based crew are rowing to raise awareness of the damaging impact single-use plastic has on our oceans and to inspire a reduction in its consumption.
At the same time, the team are raising money for Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) to support its plastic-free coastline campaign and to achieve plastic free status for Exeter by 2020.
The Row for the Ocean team are also working with SAS and its Ocean Schools Programme, delivering talks to inspire and engage young people, and provide them with the education and opportunities to become innovators of the future and stewards of the environment.
The crew are currently putting the finishing touches to their training schedule before their rowing boat is shipped to the Canary Islands in mid-October.
Team member, Laura Try, said: “It may seem like a long way off but two months really isn’t. We’ve been training long, continuous hours to get ourselves in the best possible shape, both mentally and of course physically. We still have plenty more to do ahead of December.”
A total of 21 females will take part in the event, with seven of the 32 teams being all-women crews.
“We’re proud to be an all-women crew and we hope our endeavours can inspire young girls and boys to test themselves in whatever they do,” explained Laura. “It’s a huge challenge to undertake, but we all love a challenge and can’t wait to get going.
“Ultimately our real mission is to bring the unnecessary use of single-use plastic to the public’s attention and highlight the detrimental impact on our oceans and the world; the rowing is just a small part of it.”
More information on the team and the challenge can be found at www.rowfortheocean.co.uk