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Atlantic Row - Elijah's Star

We have taken the Kayaking and SUP paddling exploits to another level at South Cerney SC.  We have provided membership to a team of guys, team Elijah's Star, who are looking to row the Atlantic in 2021 and need to start training on some slightly flatter water before working up to the Channel and eventually the Atlantic.

The team have recently taken delivery of a boat, seen in the picture; a Rannoch 45 about 28 feet long and 5 feet wide, see images on links and used for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, The purpose of the row is as much to fulfil the needs of 4 adrenalin junkies but also to support a fantastic cause, Action Medical Research as described below by the team themselves.

Some context on why we are rowing: We are four friends, each of us having a love of the sea.  Although our paths have varied hugely since we joined the forces in the mid-nineteen eighties, we have all maintained the adventurous spirit that service life promotes. Each of us have tested our physical & mental limits over the years, and we now aim to pit ourselves against the mighty Atlantic Ocean in “The World’s Toughest Row”.  For us this is not just a test of physicality and seamanship but an opportunity to raise as much as we possibly can for our chosen charity; Action Medical Research, the charity fighting to help sick babies and children. Action funds critical research which helps find answers that can lead to vaccinations, treatments and cures for childhood diseases and premature birth. These are the answers that save and change lives. With teamwork engrained in our DNA we will work tirelessly to get to the start line before aiming to row the entire distance, some 3000 miles, in just 37 days. The target we have set ourselves represents the brief life of baby Elijah, a premature but much-loved son and brother, who sadly lived for just 37 days. As Team Elijah’s Star we will demonstrate the possible, to raise money for the capable, in order that they in turn can assist those in most need of help. 

As a club it is our privilege to support this very worthwhile cause.

The team will be practicing at the weekends and when time allows, and you might see them on the lake.  I have not checked the COLREGs to see who has right of way, Sail or Rowing but recommend you give them plenty of room, but that is something we have available at our club.

Personally, I think the guys are mad but admire them for the challenge they are about to embark on.

Vernon Perkins

Commodore - South Cerney Sailing Club

Vernon Perkins

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