We’re Rowing the Atlantic!
Hi there. We are Ed Curtis and Nick Rees and in 2013 we will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com).
- To row, unsupported and self-sufficiently, from the Canary Islands to Antigua – a journey of almost 3,000 miles;
- To raise £250,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer (www.breakthrough.org.uk);
- To bring learning to life by enabling school children to follow our progress online, listen to our audio blogs and complete maths/science/geography exercises relating to our journey;
- More people have been into space or climbed Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic!
- In the 2011 race the winning boat completed the race in 40 days; the last team to complete the crossing took an heroic 79 days;
- The weather is unpredictable and can be extreme, with 40 foot waves;
- Rowing is physically and emotionally demanding – shifts of two hours on, two hours off,24 hours a day for the duration of the crossing;
- Rowers typically burn 8,000 calories a day and lose 20% of their bodyweight;
Why are we doing this?
- In 2009 Nick’s wife Ellen, a lifelong friend of Ed, was diagnosed with breast cancer aged 33. We know just how destructive this disease is;
- Breakthrough Breast Cancer are THE leading breast cancer research charity, supporting over 250 top scientists. They are at the cutting edge of understanding the causes of this disease and developing effective treatments;
- Breakthrough need £20m each and every year to fund their research and help women (and men) around the world.
Please help us make the next big breakthrough!
We are very grateful for the messages of support and encouragement that we have received from sports personalities and practitioners including:
- Alex Gregory MBE
- Sir John Beckwith CBE
- Roz Savage MBE
- Rob Munslow
- Guinn Batten
A sincere thank you to all of them for their inspiring example and motivational words.