Stick your oar in for cancer trust

By a County Press reporter

Published on Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 08:56


DAME Ellen MacArthur has thrown down the gauntlet to JP Morgan Round the Island Race sailors looking for an even tougher challenge.

Thousands of people sail it, hundreds cycle it and now the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust wants to recruit up to four crews competing in the sailing, to also row the 50 miles around the Isle of Wight.

Starting at 5am on Friday, May 31, the day before this year’s Round the Island Race, each team will need to be able to row up to 10 hours non-stop.

The course is the same as the Round the Island Race itself, starting and finishing in Cowes and rowing anticlockwise around the Island.

Langstone Adventure Rowing and Adventure Rowing UK, who are experienced in training and supporting teams to row the Channel and the Adventure Rowing London2Paris Rowing Race, will provide coaching and support before and during the row.

The boats are the new Adventure Gigs, positively buoyant and self-righting, modified for sea rowing with automatic pumps, lights and wave protection.

Mike Gilbert, from Langstone Adventure Rowing who will be organising the event, providing safety cover and training for the crews, said: "The distance is over two times that of rowing the English Channel and teams need to be able to row up to 10 hours non-stop.

"While teams may row with eight in the boat, including a passenger and cox, rotating from time to time; crew members are going to be rowing in unbroken stretches of up to four hours at a time. Anyone thinking about undertaking this demanding challenge will need to commit time to practising."

If you’re up for the challenge and think your team can raise a minimum of £5,000 for the trust, contact Frank Fletcher on 07791 791461 or email


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