Two aim to set record for row­ing across the At­lantic


Bray People - - Bray People - Mary FOG­A­RTY

BRAY MEN Ryan Cor­co­ran, from Heather Wood and Robert Byrne from Wolfe Tone Square are pre­par­ing for the chal­lenge of a life­time, row­ing across the At­lantic Ocean in 33 days or less - thus break­ing a ma­jor world record.

The two men, who are keen row­ers and ac­tive mem­bers of the Bray club, de­cided to take on the gar­gan­tuan task as they felt they were fit enough to do so and are so pas­sion­ate about their sport.

‘Our sport is coastal row­ing, ocean row­ing,’ said Robert. ‘So to be given the chance to cross an ocean is the ul­ti­mate chal­lenge. This is a golden op­por­tu­nity.’

The Big Ocean Row is the name given to the cross­ing, which will be done by 12 peo­ple in ‘La Mon­di­ale,’ a pur­pose built 55-foot long ocean row­ing boat that al­ready holds the cur­rent world record for the fastest cross­ing.

The route for the trip will take them from Mo­gan in Gran Ca­naria to Port St Charles in Bar­ba­dos and cov­ers a dis­tance of 3000 miles. ‘We will be tak­ing a few days rest when we get to Bar­ba­dos!’ said Robert.

He added that be­cause they are trav­el­ling from the Ca­naries to Bar­ba­dos they ex­pect the cur­rents to be in their favour for the jour­ney, and also that they will have weather warn­ings well in ad­vance so in the un­likely event of a storm they will be able to get out of its way on time. ‘It’s not without its dan­gers,’ said Robert. ‘We aren’t tak­ing it lightly.’

He ex­plained that over the course of the 3,000 mile trip, the row­ers will rest and row in two-hour shifts. The boat is equipped with GPS, cabins, so­lar panel for turn­ing salt wa­ter in to fresh wa­ter, and an au­to­matic sel­f­right­ing sys­tem in the un­likely event of a cap­size.

The cost per crew mem­ber to pre­pare for, par­tic­i­pate in and re­turn from this trip is ap­prox­i­mately ¤25,000. In or­der to raise this spon­sor­ship money they have es­tab­lished a web­site of­fer­ing com­pa­nies, large and small, the op­por­tu­nity to as­so­ciate them­selves with the trip.

For an en­try price of ¤ 100, com­pa­nies can gain a pres­ence on this site which will be up­dated daily with progress re­ports dur­ing the ex­pe­di­tion.

The crew is al­ready in­volved in a heavy train­ing pro­gram to pre­pare for this trip. Train­ing in­cludes long dis­tance run­ning, cycling, walk­ing and, of course, row­ing.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to spon­sor Robert and Ryan, go to www.bigo­cean­, call (087) 6891703 or get in touch by email to byrner­obert@ya­

Rian Cor­co­ran and Robert Byrne aim to row across the At­lantic from The Ca­nary Is­lands to Bar­ba­dos in 33 days or less, start­ing on De­cem­ber 31.

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