The Atlantic crossing has long been associated with the country of Ireland.
This time, it’s not a monk in a sailboat, or a gigantic steamer that is making its way across the sea to the Americas, but a group of young doctors and their friend, all eager to make a change.
Junior doctors Seán Underwood and Patrick O’Connor, along with podiatrist Eoin O’Farrell aim to row across the ocean in the hope of raising at least €20,000 for Cork University Hospital’s children’s unit.
The concept was originally Seán’s, but it took him years to be able to find a group of friends willing to undertake such a journey. The Relentless Rowers will make a 5000km trip from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The team have been raising funds through their website and are almost ready to set sail…well, to take up their oars that is.
“Known as one of the toughest challenges on earth, made more difficult by raging seas, howling winds, sharks, blisters and salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation, there is little wonder that a mere 500 people have completed, whilst almost ten times that number have been to the summit of Mount Everest and nearly twice the number have been into space.
This December, the Relentless crew will race across the Atlantic Ocean competing in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. The race starts in La Gomera, a Canary Island steeped in Maritime History. It was from this very island that Christopher Columbus set sail in search of the “New World” some 500 years ago. From here they shall race across 5000km of open ocean towards the Carribean island of Antigua.
The current record stands at 35 days. We can beat this with a little trust in the weather and some help from you along the way!”
Thomas Browne is a businessman who will be joining the team. With no previous rowing experience, it’s been an intense training period for him. In an interview with the Journal.ie, he outlined his concerns and experiences to date;
“We did a 24-hour practice row at the weekend where we went to Kinsale and back. You realise it by doing these 24/48-hour rows, the lack of sleep and doing the same thing over and over again, you start hallucinating. There are two hulls you can lie down to sleep in. When the sea is rough you strap strap yourself in, and claustrophobia starts setting in. You can’t see anything for miles and miles and miles.”
Hopefully the training has been paying off, for the boys are all set to leave very soon. We at My Good Planet wish them all the very best in their journey.
For regular updates, or to sponsor the trip visit the tracker on the Relentless Rowers official page.