Yorkshire based rowing team, Row4Victory departed from Leeds Bradford Airport this morning ahead of their gruelling race across the Atlantic Ocean,which begins on 12thDecember in La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands.
The four fearless friends from Yorkshire are ready to put their physical and mental strength to the test by rowing 3,000 nautical miles, to English Harbour in Antigua, in aid of The Royal British Legion and Soldier On! in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
The race could take 35-70 days to complete and they’re in it to win it. They will row in two hour shifts in pairs around the clock.
Team Row4Victory consists of four courageous friends from North Yorkshire: Duncan Roy, an ex-Royal Engineer from Ingleby Arncliffe; Fraser Mowlem, a serving Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force from Linton On Ouse; Glyn Sadler an ex-Royal Marine from Borrowby and Will Quarmby, a civilian from Ripon.
Will Quarmbysaid: “Although it will be tough, we’re all ready for the challenge and can’t wait to start the race. It was difficult saying goodbye to our families this morning, particularly as we don’t know when we’ll finish the race and return home - but we’re definitely in it to win it and ready to do them all proud.”
Phil Forster, Aviation Development and Corporate Affairs Manager at Leeds Bradford Airportsaid: “We’re all delighted to have given the team a good send-off for their flight to the canaries ahead of the race. We’ll be monitoring their progress and look forward to planning a winner’s welcome for their return to Yorkshire in few months.”
Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The team are facing an incredible challenge, but I know how determined they are to bring home a win for Yorkshire. Best of luck to them, I know they’ll do us proud.”