Official launch of Atlantic boat

boat launch - nick and phil mccorry to row across atlantic
boat launch - nick and phil mccorry to row across atlantic

It’s the boat two Bexhill brothers will attempt to row the Atlantic in - The Bexhill College Endeavour, which attracted much interest from crowds at the rowing regatta last weekend.

After setting the world record for rowing over 3,500 miles across the Indian Ocean in 2009 as part of a four man crew, Phil and Nick McCorry will this year attempt to break the pairs record for an Atlantic crossing which currently stands at 41 days.

Technical Advisor Geoff Allum, who held the record with his cousin Don for 25 years, said: “I have met many of the rowers who have crossed by this route, but not many have impressed me as much as Phil and Nick McCorry. I know they will make a safe crossing, but given their boat, fitness and motivation I fully expect the record to be smashed. Watch this space!”

On Sunday members of Bexhill 100 Motoring Club presented £1,000 to Nick and Phil who said: “It was a fantastic gesture from an organisation that does so much for the local community and we are really grateful.”

Tomorrow sees the official launch ceremony on the Waterfront at Eastbourne’s Sovereign Harbour at 1pm. Team spokesman Geoff Dixon said: “This will be the official start of the Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge where representatives from Bexhill College with christen the boat with the traditional dowsing of Champagne. I would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, many who were with us last time. If anyone would like to join us we have various sponsorship packages available which can be found on our website. As we did last time we want to make this a community event and share the challenge with everyone.

“I would like to also thank the support team of Geoff Allum, Andy Bristow (weather forecaster/router) who were with us last time plus the new team members David Woolf (IT and website manager) Angelo Errigo (Safety Advisor) and Matt Hards of Kaleidodesign (graphics) who give up their time to help. My thanks also to Peter Pringle of Premier Marinas and Mark Orriss of Carillion plc, plus Sovereign Harbour Yacht Club for the use of their facilities.”

There is still opportunity for members of the public to have their names put on the boat, something which proved popular for the Indian Ocean event, and there are 100 names already. To do so visit the website. - the cost per name is £10 with the proceeds going to the nominated charity, St Mary’s special needs school.