Rowers parents - happy but worried

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They are the two Bexhill brothers who rowed the Indian Ocean and created world records but now Phil and Nick McCorry are set on a second massive challenge with their plan to cross the Atlantic.

The lads, 28 and 29, are aware of difficulties ahead when they leave the Canaries to row to the Caribbean in November but say they will relish the experience.

Meanwhile parents Sue and Steve McCorry, who live in Cantelupe Road, must prepare to deal with their own feelings in seeing their sons take on a difficult and perhaps dangerous task having already ridden that particular rollercoaster.

Sue said: “As children they always loved the outdoors and sport. They always went with Steve to watch him row when they were very little. They became part of the rowing scene at an early age. They were too small to row so they started by coxing (steering the boat) at about aged 11, and rowing at aged 15. They won the Fun Regatta that year, 2000.

They have entered hundreds of races over the years, from Hearne Bay to Lands End. This history seemed to naturally lead them on to become interested in Ocean Rowing. When they heard there was to be a race across the Indian Ocean they wanted to enter and win. With two like-minded team mates, Matt and Ian, support from the local businesses and the people or Bexhill, this became reality . This made us really proud and apprehensive of the challenge ahead of them. The team never stopped rowing for 68 days and won the race - putting Bexhill on the map. They are all well aware that this would not have been possible without all the help and support of Bexhill town. The interest from the public kept them going. They felt a sense of responsibility to do well and not let people down.

The first thing we did everyday was to check the progress of the ‘pink dot’ on the website map. The closer to land it got the happier it became. Our hopes were for them to come back safe, maybe finish the race but to win was a bonus for us.

Their passion for rowing still lives on - stronger than ever, so now they want to row the Atlantic. They are hoping that the local community will get behind them again, with interest and support. This time they are raising money for local charities.

Our views are mixed feelings, happy for them that they are taking on another challenge, worried for their safety as many attempts have failed. Also this is an unsupported crossing. We hope they have the good luck they had in the Indian Ocean.”