10 Men, 1 Million Metres, 1 British Record Attempt… and lots of pain!
Many congratulations to the Row For Life team who beat their projected record time yesterday of 66 hours and 4 minutes. Splitting into two teams of five, the guys were fast enough to row 5000 metres in under 20 minutes and nailed the 1 million metres in 65 hours, 52 minutes and 32 seconds!
Row For life has successfully raised money for the African Childrens’ Development Trust for 2 years with multiple team rowing events in 2009 and 2010.
Strictly adhering to the official Concept record guidelines, each member of the crew had to row the equivalent of 2 ½ marathons at maximum pace. In addition, they executed seamless, ‘formula one’ change overs, ensuring that the flywheel of the machines never stopped until the 1 Million metre distance was reached.
Martin Scotcher, of Row for Life, told us that the team consisted of four rowing club members and the rest were extremely keen sports enthusiasts. He also told us that the crowd support in Cowes Yacht Haven was fantastic and so far, in excess of £2000.00 has already been raised in only two days of collecting. For more information please go to
Just three days after a devastating fire in West Cowes (Monday 25 January) saw the destruction of over half of the Cowes Etchells fleet, the class has rallied round to source replacement for all members who lost their boats.
Cowes Yacht Haven's event centre will be shaken not stirred on 12 February when All Bets On Pink hosts a charity evening of casino, cabaret and canapés.