Wednesday, 30 April 2008
So... the Sunday meeting was well received by all
Sunday 27th April - The Bon Voyage Party
Realisation that the race starts in 5 days has hit the crew. So what better way to take their minds off it than to hold a “Bon Voyage” party. Thanks to Chris, landlord of the Royal Oak, we were able to invite friends, rowers, family and supporters to the party. The rowing team were able to greet our supporters from the RNLI, Jenny our Pilates coach, as well as members of the rowing team’s families.... several beers were enjoyed by the non-rowers and a fund raising raffle raised a significant amount of money for the Langstone Life Savers fund. The party was rounded off with the Victory Shanty men and our rowers and friends all joining in the rousing sea son “La Belle Paris” (words & recording on the L2P web site blog page). 5 Days to go and the team are ready for the challenge!! Look out Paris we’re on our way!
- Message from SteveR - don't encourage any of the team to "have a half before you go"...they're all in training...save it for their hopeful Victory
And a great thanks to all who are contributing financially.. the team appreciate it.
Final preps are underway... (you only have to see Steve's dining room to see how much prep!) - Heres to the intrepid team..
I'll be working to keep you all up to date with the teams progress... - and plotting where they are on my "control board".
Well as lead support I now have all of their bags and all of the food and supplies ready for the race. Today Nigel (the other support team member) and I will be driving to Ramsgate to meet with Mike and Lance Oram (Dover Sea School) who are providing the safety boats. The plan is to load everything onto Sea Satin, our safety boat and get it all squared away ready for Friday. It's Sea Satin, Lance and his crew who will be navigating and guiding us from London to Paris.
It's going to be an experience and I believe the whole team are ready to row! The levels of excitment, trepidation and "what have I got myself into?" were evident yesterday when I met the crew.
So good luck crew and good luck to "Le Figarow" our competition. Let's hope the weather is kind and the winds fair to light!
Sunday, 27 April 2008
Why not meet the team on our web site Click Here to see who the intrepid 10 rowers and 2 members of the support team are.
With less than 6 days to go preparations are pushing on. Nigel has attended a cold water survival course and will now be the fount of knowledge should someone get an unscheduled immersion. Today Colin is taking a VHF radio course meaning we'll have 4 qualified operators in our team.
Me I'm updating the blog, preparing food for the race and generally trying to double & triple check the equipment and supplies already prepared.
This evening we have the "Bon Voyage" party at the Royal Oak pub in Langstone. The team will most likely be abstaining from the beer but encouraging everyone else to enjoy and generously donate and sponsor the team for uor chosen charities!!
More chatterings to come and if the technology works we should be able to update this blog during the race!!
Thursday, 24 April 2008
While rowing from London to Paris in a Thames Waterman Cutter boat has been done four times before - with a record time of 90 hours - this is the first time a RACE has been run. Polar Adventures Limited and the crews will be working together to make it a success. The rowing starts in London on May 2nd 2008. It will be raced over a number of legs. Leg 1: Starting at Westminster Bridge, London will see the teams racing down the Thames, round Kent to Dover. Leg 2: From Dover to Le Havre which will include the Channel crossing under strict supervision as it is the busiest waterway in the world. Leg 3: Leaving Le Havre through the tidal section to Amfrevilles. The final legs will be a series of sprints, lock to lock; on handicap (i.e. Slowest boat gets a head start, faster boats in pursuit). The finish is in Paris beside the Eiffel Tower very early on the morning of May 8th (if all goes to plan). More information about the race and the organisers will be found on the London2Paris Rowing web site
This will be a significant opportunity for attracting local and national interest – on the web, in newspapers, radio and television so we decided to start the Langstone Lifesavers Fund: The L2P team has set a target of raising £50,000 (€65,000) for charities with a common theme – saving lives. Our first charities, which we hopefully won’t need on our trip, are the RNLI and the Société Nationale de Sauvetage en Mer; both charitable funds that save lives at sea. Our nominated Land-based lifesaving charities included are the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK. If you would like to sponsor our efforts then click on the links above and give generously.
So now you know the objectives and the detail. This race begins on Friday 2nd May from Westminster Bridge in London starting at 11am! This blog will be used DURING the race to keep friends and families updated with our progress. There will not be pictures during the race but I will try to give you the updated information as and when time and conditions allow.
We are raising money for Life Saving Charities will you Sponsor us?
Please sponsor our efforts in this race by clicking on the links above and give generously.
Thanks in advance