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Aug292017

Foot of Britain Row

Club members Caroline Matthews and Judith Schulz, and former member Carrie Thomas, were part of the eight-woman team who set a new world record by completing a 320-nm relay row along the south coast of the UK.

The challenge started at Sennen Cove in Cornwall, crossing the start line at Lands End at 5:55 pm on Saturday 12 August, and finished by passing North Foreland, Kent, five days, eighteen hours and twenty-five minutes later.

The team - Guin Batten, Helen Hankey, Anna Childs, Morag Van Niekerk and Lou Reeve alongside the TSS contingent - needed all their skills to take their tiny coastal double around some of the most challenging headlands in the UK, rowing for up to sixteen hours a day, starting before sunrise and finishing after sunset - and on only 22 hours' sleep in five days. 

They ran tidal races of Lands End, the Lizard and Start Point, and punched foul tides around St Albans Head and Portland Bill. Strong winds meant that the team had a nail-biting twelve-hour wait on Camber Sands until finally, in the fading light on day four, the winds dropped long enough for them to make it off the beach and slip around Dungeness in five-metre-high seas. Had they not completed this leg when they did, the team would have had to abandon the challenge due to worsening weather.

As well as setting a new record, the Foot of Britain team rowed in support of two wonderful charities, Mind and the Youth Sport Trust. Please click on the links to make a donation!

Full details of the challenge can be found on the Foot of Britain Row Facebook page.