Portsmouth shipyard supports rowers taking on Atlantic challenge

Four rowers are taking part in a challenge on the Atlantic. Picture: Tim P. Whitby
Four rowers are taking part in a challenge on the Atlantic. Picture: Tim P. Whitby

A SHIPYARD is backing four rowers’ challenge to travel across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Trafalgar Wharf has signed up to help the team of intrepid rowers taking on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in December.

It is the world's premier annual rowing event covering more than 3,000 miles from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua.

Justin Evelegh, brothers Toby and Caspar Thorp and George Blandford will be doing the challenge and all have a range of skills to help them complete the challenge.

Yachtsmaster Justin takes part in rowing races off the Isle of Wight while Toby is a qualified level two ski instructor. Caspar has completed two ironmans and several triathlons while George is a helicopter pilot.

Justin said: ‘The team at Trafalgar Wharf in Portsmouth are great and have been really encouraging.

‘It really helps us having a base like this before we start our row. 

‘We’ll be doing a few training rows on the Solent which we hope will prepare us for the Atlantic and get us used to our very special boat.’

The rowers will be raising money for Starlight Children’s Foundation which entertains children and teenagers who are seriously ill or have a terminal condition.

Justin added: The national children’s charity is dedicated to brightening the lives of children and teenagers suffering from a serious or terminal illness.

‘We know this event is going to be extremely tough so we are delighted that along with our sponsors Land Rover and JLT, Trafalgar Wharf has become a very valuable part of this team.’

Jonny Boys, managing director of Trafalgar Wharf in Portchester, said they were more than happy to help the rowers.

Justin is a good friend of mine and to be honest, I think this challenge starting in December is pretty mad,’ he said.

‘When Justin asked if we could store the boat and be their pre-race base of course we said we would help, especially as they are raising money for such a worthwhile charity.’

For more information on the rowers’ challenge visit oarinspiring.com.

To make a donation visit justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/starlightchildrensfoundation/oarinspiring