An Atlantic Rowers thank you


About this time last year I was arriving a head of my Atlantic row. The festive period had been an incredibly exciting period, in some respects quite a tense one with final preparations and certainly a time to gorge on those extra calories. I thought the timing was right to thank my sponsors, friends, family and work colleagues for all their support as I opted to spend my time training, eating and sleeping on top of my day job impacted on you.

The Team Has Landed
The Team Has Landed

When you make a serious choice in your life I don’t think you can ever comprehend the effects it has on those around you. I think what really brought it home was first seeing my Dad in Barbados, then Mum and brother who were unable to make it out to the finish and the relief that they had for our safe crossing.

So thanks goes to Binn Skips who have supported me on a couple of challenges now. Skye Skyns who provide the softest and most comfortable sheep skins I have ever felt, we sat on them and it made the journey all the more comfortable. Cameras underwater who provide an amazing camera case that allowed me to take my camera underwater and take some incredible pictures! Patra kindly gave me some silk underwear which despite the harsh conditions held up very well and were very comfortable.

A sunny Dover coastal rowing experience
A sunny Dover coastal rowing experience

Numerous people helped me train and prepare for the event Fulontri with their numerous quality training sessions. Rin Cobb from Pnd Comsulting on my nutrition and managed to help me gain the necessary weight in time. Phil Barratt from Physique Body works for regular holistic sports massages. Simon James and Heal physios of Dundee also seriously helped with both my pre-race preparation and post race recovery. Roger Gould from extreme rowing challenges for his advice and enabling me to get some rowing practise including rowing behind the Olympic torch. Dover rowing club enabled me to gain some valuable coastal rowing experience as well as rowing from Gravesend to Richmond with them.

Rowing with the Olympic Torch
Rowing with the Olympic Torch
River views on our row from Gravesend to Richmond
River views on our row from Gravesend to Richmond

Finally the Ocean Row Events support team and most importantly Leven, Livar, Tim, Calum, Pete, James and Jan who made for a thoroughly memorable adventure. If you are interested in and ocean row I would highly recommend checking out Ocean Row Events!

Arrived safe and sound
Arrived safe and sound

There are many others who inspired, helped and kept me going whilst out there. Maybe if the book deals ever comes about then they can be additions to that…

The main thing is I may have been out there in the middle of the ocean but to reach that point there was a much longer journey that involved far more people than just myself. Regardless of what they are exactly without you all life’s challenges and adventures are not possible. So whatever your next challenge remember those who help with the journey in whatever way that might be.

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5 thoughts on “An Atlantic Rowers thank you”

  1. Congratulations again Benno!

    I hope Will North has a happy ending too!!

    Happy New Year.

    PS I now own an Atlantic Rowing Boat…

    Roger G

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  2. Nice article Benno – It was a fantastic achievement by all of the team and what an amazing effect rowing an ocean has on people opening new doors to new friendships. We need a team re-union! All the best to you and the family for 2014 – Mione

  3. Those were the days the memories of which will remain with me forever. So exciting! Isabel Stirling (Jan’s Mum)

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  4. Hi Benno Cheers for the update and recognition ,you are always welcome down here at Dover and are often asked after Many thanks Tony DRC

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  5. Get the Christmas Alpine ‘low fat food’ out of you, and of course our fabulous New Year’s raclette bits digested. Happy New Year to you all (family I mean). And tell me about your next challenge please. I understand every tiny contribution counts.

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