5 men and a boat

5 guys, with one boat, rowing 3,000 miles in December 2018 to raise £250,000 for Combat Stress and Bowel Cancer UK.

Robin, Will, Sam, Dave and Guillaume will be battling the elements and taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an annual race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.

In mid-December, approximately 20-30 crews will set off to row the 3000 nautical miles to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua. The fastest crews will make it in 5 weeks; but for the slower boats, spending over 90 days at sea is not unheard of. From the moment they leave La Gomera, all rowers go through the same routine – eat, row, sleep, repeat – 2 hours on, 2 hours off, until they see the welcoming sight of the coastline of Antigua.

Robin’s diagnosis of Bowel Cancer in 2016 was the catalyst for their adventure and put life into perspective for the team. Robin was lucky enough that his symptoms were taken seriously by his doctor and the cancer was detected in good time.  Bowel Cancer UK provides funding for research into detection techniques, grants for training surgeons and has recently led a campaign to change national clinical standards for diagnosis of symptoms associated with bowel cancer.

Combat Stress support servicemen and women and veterans alike who suffer from the psychological effects of war. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is all too often shrugged off and has a disastrous effect on the serviceperson’s life and relationships. Combat Stress help heal the psychological wounds of the people who put themselves in harm’s way for the nation.  Having served a combined four tours of Afghanistan, Men of Oar are all too aware of how important their work is.

Men of Oar are due to set sail on the 12th December 2018 and we can’t wait to watch their journey unfold. You can read more in our blog here.


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