Dan is ready for the Atlantic Challenge 2014

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A new oarsman has been found to replace one of the Bexhill brothers set to row across the Atlantic this year.

Nick McCorry had to stand down leaving younger brother Phil to face the challenge without him but now Dan Renner has stepped up to take his place.

Dan is no stranger to coastal rowing and has been rowing for Bexhill Rowing Club since 11 years old. A former St Richards pupil, who works as a bricklayer, he was “the obvious choice” to fill the void left by Nick.

Dan said: “I was an avid spectator when Phil and the crew of the Bexhill Trust Challenger set the world record crossing the Indian Ocean so to be given this opportunity is a dream come true. I believe I have what it takes to contribute to the event and feel that with Phil’s experience we have, providing the weather is kind, a good chance of setting a new world record.

“I also like that the challenge is being used to promote St Mary’s Special Needs School as well as raise much needed funds for this worthwhile local charity. “

On Monday the pair presented £3,714 to St Mary’s Sharon Menghini mainly made up of money from supporters having their names put on the boat. The team spokesman said: “With less than three months before the crew depart the Canary Islands on their epic voyage there is still a lot to do. Both Phil and Dan have to commit all their spare time to testing, attending courses and promoting the event. If anyone wishes to add their name to the boat they can do so by visiting www.atlanticchallenge14.org with each name costing £10 with all proceeds going directly to St Mary’s school.” Sponsors can call on 07515609468.