Calm seas slow Bexhill rowers

phil mccorry and dan renner with sponsor David Taylor of Gaby Hardwicke
phil mccorry and dan renner with sponsor David Taylor of Gaby Hardwicke

Bexhill rowers Phil McCorry and Dan Renner in the Bexhill College Endeavour last Monday passed the 1,000 miles remaining point - they have less than 800 miles left to reach Barbados.

During the last few days favourable winds have dropped resulting in calm flat seas. You might think that rowing in a calm sea would be easier, but you actually lose a little momentum between each stroke when calm. This results in much more effort being required and makes rowing hard work and energy-sapping. After over five weeks at sea Phil and Dan will have to draw on every bit of stamina and strength they have to maintain great progress. Incredibly though, apart from a couple of 12 hour periods they have maintained average speeds of over 2 knots.

Bexhill College endeavour being rowed by phil mcccorry and dan renner across the Atlantic

Bexhill College endeavour being rowed by phil mcccorry and dan renner across the Atlantic

The predicted time of reaching Barbados is now December 29/30. Dan is a little concerned as missing Christmas is one thing - but New Years Eve? Despite the frustrations of being made to work harder for less distance they remain in good spirits and are using messages written on the cabin walls as inspiration. Phil said they are overwhelmed by the support and thank everyone who left messages of encouragement.”

David Young, the Senior Partner of principle sponsors Gaby Hardwicke, said: “Phil and Dan are great role models, not only for today’s youngsters brought up in an age of social media and computer games, but for people of all ages. Theirs is a good old-fashioned adventure story and my firm is delighted and proud to contribute and support them. I was thrilled to receive a call from Phil on his satellite phone a few days ago. It was a strange experience speaking from the comfort of my office in Bexhill to two guys battling the elements and bobbing up and down in the Atlantic thousands of miles away. To my mind, whether the world record was beaten or not, the challenge has already succeeded.”

Bexhill Rowing Club President Gerald Matthews added: “Their extraordinary hard work has made us all proud, proud of them, proud of our club, and proud of our town. Even in sleepy old Bexhill, there are clubs from which, if you have the aptitude, you can rise to do great things, and for me, that is the point. Go Phil and Dan....Go Bexhill!”

We are still looking for a sponsor to help fund the return of the boat - please ring 07515609468. Messages and donations can be made at www.atlanticchallenge14.org