Two aim to set record for rowing across the Atlantic
‘BIG OCEAN ROW’ BRAY DUO HAVE TARGET TIME OF 33 DAYS OR LESS
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.bigoceanrow.com, call (087) 6891703 or get in touch by email to email@example.com.
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.