We are four friends, each of us having a love of the sea.
Although our paths have varied hugely since we joined the forces in the mid-80s, we have all retained the adventurous spirit that service life promotes. Each of us have tested our physical & mental limits over the years. Now we pit ourselves against the mighty Atlantic Ocean in “The World’s Toughest Row”.
For us this is not just a test of physicality and seamanship but an opportunity to raise as much as we possibly can for our chosen charity; Action Medical Research, the charity fighting to help sick babies and children. Action funds critical research which helps find answers that can lead to vaccinations, treatments and cures for childhood diseases and premature birth. These are the answers that save and change lives.
With teamwork ingrained in our DNA we will work tirelessly to get to the start line before aiming to row the entire distance, some 3000 miles, in just 37 days. With the ever present dangers of the Atlantic Ocean, rowing 2 hours on and 2 hours off will take reserves of strength, endurance and sheer determination.
The target we have set ourselves represents the brief life of baby Elijah, a premature but much-loved son and brother, who sadly lived for just 37 days. As Team Elijah’s Star we will demonstrate the possible, to raise money for the capable, in order that they in turn can assist those in most need of help.
Setting off in…
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a 3000 mile unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands (280N 180W) to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (170N 610W)
In December 2021, Team Elijah’s Star will depart La Gomera with their sights firmly set on completing this epic journey in 37 days. The target we have set ourselves represents the brief life of baby Elijah,a premature but much-loved son and brother, who sadly lived for just 37 days.
The Team will battle sleep deprivation, salt sores, and the physical extremes inflicted by the race. Exhaustion will test the mental strength of the rowers, in the middle of an Ocean where the nearest land is 2.5 miles below the sea.
YOU ARE KEY TO US TAKING PART
Put simply, without your support we cannot make this dream a reality. Our objective is to involve sponsors and contribute £200,000 to Action Medical Research.
Since beginning in 1952, Action Medical Research has been funding medical breakthroughs to help save and change the lives of babies and children.
Surprisingly, medical research tackling childhood diseases is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children.
The prospects for finding new cures and treatments is almost within our grasp. Right now we are funding vital research projects with many more ready to go – but we simply can’t fund them all.