In June 1966, Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway rowed out from Cape Cod and after 92 days and 50ft waves arrived in Ireland, the first, in modern times to row the Atlantic. Inspired by this historic crossing the oceans the rowing race concept was born. Since its inauguration in 1997 the WoodVale Challenges Atlantic Rowing Race has enabled over 200 courageous rowers to achieve one of the ultimates in human endeavour.
Now, four rowers from Lyme Regis Gig Club, Chris Walters, Brian Fletcher, Tony Short and Elliott Dale, are preparing to accept this ultimate rowing challenge and compete in the 2011 race. ‘The Corinthians’ as they have dubbed themselves, will set out in December 2011 to row the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, to Antigua in the Caribbean in their boat ‘Spirit of Corinth’. Rowing 24 hours a day, two hours on, two hours off, the race is 2500 nautical miles long, and will take between 40 to 55 days to complete.
The Corinthians say “As a team we not only desire to achieve our own ambitions, but also wish to support those less fortunate than themselves in the process. With this in mind we have chosen two charities with which to share on a 50/50 basis funds raised in support of our challenge.” The chosen charities are ShelterBox and the British Heart Foundation.
The team are currently looking for sponsorship for the row and will also be donating half of the funds raised to their chosen charities, Shelterbox and The Heart Foundation. If you would like to support the Corinthians in any way, then please contact Andrew Pocock on [email protected]. All ideas are welcome!