Fancy rowing round GB ? for £60k!

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Do you have what it takes to row non-stop around Great Britain in an Ocean Rowing Boat?  and beat the current 26 day record set by a 4 man army team in 2005 in order to claim the £60,000 cash prize ?

We are entering an all male crew into the ANGLO AMERICAN BOAT RACE 2010 with the sole aim of winning the race and the £60,000 prize fund. We are taking expressions of interest from men who think they have what it takes to win the race. You must be available for the month of June.

THE RACE The Anglo American Boat Race is a 2,000 mile circumnavigation of the British coastline starting and finishing at Tower Bridge in London on the 1st of June. The race originated in 1872 when the Atalanta Rowing Club of New York posted a challenge in 1872 to the London Rowing Club to row a four-oared race on the Thames. The challenge was accepted by the London Rowing Club for June 1872 and the Anglo-American Boat Race was born. The Anglo-American Boat Race Series was still one of the most important Boat Races of the Season until out-break of World War II when the race was not continued and it simply disappeared. 2010 sees its return.

Crews can win up to £60,000 in prize money. £30,000 will be awarded to the first across the line, £10,000 will be awarded to the second across the line and a further £30,000 will be awarded to the crew who set a new record. We will be putting out a crew who are capable of winning the race and beating the record. All prize money will be split equally between the crew members, the skipper and the team manager.

THE SKIPPER The crew will be skippered by Bill Godfrey, 39. Bill won the pairs class of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2007. He has almost 20 years rowing experience and has represented London Rowing Club in the finals of the prestigious Thames Cup at Henley Royal Regatta. He now coaches rowing at home in South Africa.

5 men will join Bill with the sole aim of winning the race. We are looking for determined committed men with offshore and/or endurance racing experience. Specialist engineering, navigation, electrics or comms skills would be advantageous. Crew members who are not rowers will be expected to commit a significant amount of time to rowing training. Unfortunately women cannot be considered.

The boat is a 6-man ocean rowing boat and will be set up with three sculling positions. It will be similar to the boat rowed by the record setting crew of 2005, full details for which can be found on the race website. It is the only 6-man boat in the race (all other boats entered so far are 2 or 4-man).

Costs to crew members will be £6,000 each, excluding personal equipment and provisions (such as clothing and food), training or travel. We have a team in the UK and in South Africa already working on sponsorship deals and we anticipate being able to reduce all costs and fees by at least half (if not completely) through sponsorship. But as this is not guaranteed crew members need to be able to self fund.


In order to confirm participation a 15% deposit of £900 must be paid to the team manager by each crew member. The outstanding balance (minus existing sponsorship) will then be due on Friday 30th April. Any sponsorship money secured after the 30th of April will be held by the team manager and used to reimburse the crew up to a maximum of the original fee paid at the end of the race.


Once you have read through this information and confirmed your interest you will be sent an application form. This must be returned by email no later than Friday 19th February. If selected to try out for the crew applicants will then be interviewed by the skipper and team manager. Applicants may also be asked to take part in a physical training exercise and a detailed personality profiling test on the weekend of the 27th and 28th of February. The final crew will be confirmed no later than the 28th of February.

Margaret Bowling                +44 (0)7739 432 105               

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