Rowers set sights on Atlantic world record row success

Four rowers will be setting off on the ultimate test of mind and body in a year’s time, and they need your help!

Alison Wannell, 39, Jeremy Reynolds, 40, Justin Coleman, 52, and Toby Gould, 37, have formed Heads Together and Row. They will leave La Gomera in December 2018 in a rowing boat measuring approximately 7 metres by 2 metres, with the aim of arriving in Antigua around eight weeks later and breaking the 56 day world record for a mixed crew.

The 3000 mile journey is part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest row.

The crew are aiming to raise money for Mind and Combat Stress and have good reasons for choosing those charities. All of them have suffered with mental health issues in the past, Jeremy was in the army and Alison’s family have close ties to the military.

This is an endurance feat like no other. More people have climbed Everest than rowed an ocean. As well as the obvious physical dangers from mountainous waves, storms and shipping, they”ll be suffering sleep deprivation, salt sores and the difficulty of getting on with three other people in a small, sometimes dangerous space.

It will push them up to and possibly beyond their limits, mentally and physically. Once they are at sea they will be entirely self sufficient. They take all their own food and make fresh water using a desalinator. It’s going to be a pretty basic existence.

Rowing the Atlantic is an expensive business, so as well as raising money for good causes, Heads Together and Row are looking for personal and corporate sponsors to help them meet the costs of the trip. There is a crowdfunding page for individuals wanting to support the crew at www.pledgesports.org/projects/atlantic-row-2017, while for corporate enquiries you can contact the team via email headstogetherandrow@gmail.com or call Justin on 07889 176 050.

To find out more about the challenge and the crew, visit www.headstogetherandrow.org.uk,

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