Record breaking rowers Phil and Nick McCorry will take on the Atlantic this year.
The Bexhill brothers were part of the four man team that lit up the town with their Indian Ocean adventure heroics in the Bexhill Challenger in 2009 .
They were given Bexhill’s highest civic honour but are ready to face high seas again when they set off from the Canary Islands to row to the Caribbean.
The lads are grateful to primary sponsor Gaby Hardwicke Solicitors and Bexhill College for supporting them in their next adventure. With a new boat purchased by Phil, the ‘Bexhill College Endeavour’ they will take part in the ‘Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge’ setting off in November to clock up some 2733 miles.
They hope to emulate cousins Geoff and Don Allum who in 1971 were the first pair to row across the Atlantic in 73 days 6 hours setting the record which they held for 26 years.
Geoff is now the McCorrys’ technical advisor and, with Andy Bristow (weather and routing advisor), part of the shore side support.
Phil, 28, and Nick, 29, have a mammoth task to complete the row but have one eye on the current record that stands at 41 days. Only a handful of people have successfully rowed two oceans.
They are excited about the challenge but know what to expect having experienced the highs and lows of the ocean race with Matt Hellier and Ian Allen.
Their parents Sue and Steve, of Cantelupe Road, have “mixed feelings” and admit to being “happy for them that they are taking on another challenge, worried for their safety as many attempts have failed.”
Gaby Hardwicke’s David Young commented the firm is celebrating its 125th anniversary and wanted to get behind a special local cause to mark the year. “When I heard of the plans for the Atlantic Challenge I knew this was just the event we had been looking for, particularly with funds raised going to St Mary’s, which we’ve been associated with for many years.”
Bexhill College principal Karen Hucker was “proud” to be sponsoring the two former students and said: “It will be an impressive feat of endurance, which is why we decided to name the boat the Bexhill College Endeavour.
“We believe this challenge is a fantastic example to our students and will encourage them all to aim for the stars.”
The lads were both “overwhelmed” last time with support they received from Bexhill residents and businesses. They still need minor sponsors to have their logo on the boat to meet additional ongoing costs, and are looking for companies to sponsor a day’s food at £25 a day. They will be adding personal individual names on the boat for £10. Call on 07515609468 or contact via www.atlanticchallenge14.org.
The Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge has chosen St Marys Wrestwood Road as its charity and aims to raise funds at various events but donatations can be made through the website.