A GROUP of Essex women are embarking on The World’s Toughest Row in 2025.
Clare Taylor, Jo Murray, Sheila McGhee and Sam Wood are embarking on the fundraising challenge of a lifetime when they row across the Atlantic Ocean – a distance of 3,000-miles.
The race begins in La Gomera in the Canary Islands and finishes in the Caribbean island of Antigua, and to complete the course the crew, named The Only Way is Rowing, will be rowing in two hours on and two 2hours off shifts 24 hours a day for around 45 days.
The crew, some of whom are members of Leigh’s Lower Thames Rowing Club, will also be rowing an Essex built boat, an R45 Elite ocean rowing boat from Rannoch Adventure in Burnham-on-Crouch.
They explained their motivation: “We are all fifty or over and wanted to prove to ourselves and anyone like us, that we can still take on new challenges and achieve extraordinary things and, as keen coastal rowers, competing in an ocean rowing race seemed the perfect way for us to do that.
“We know it will be as much a mental as a physical challenge, and getting to the start line is a mission in itself, but the opportunity to row an ocean together, as an all-female crew, stripping life back to the basics and relying on just our boat and each other, is one that makes all the work to get there worthwhile.”
The group are raising money for two charities with Essex connections, the Wilderness Foundation UK and Rewilding Britain, whose recent projects include restoring Wallasea Island to an intertidal marshland.
The crew are looking for sponsorship and fitting-in events to raise the funding to buy the safety kit, food and comms equipment needed to complete the crossing, as well as shipping their boat to the start line.
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