A team of four British rowers has broken two world records crossing the Indian Ocean – and raised over £32k for disabled charity Enham Trust.
British rowers break two world records raising £32k for Enham Trust
The ‘Fast Row West’ crew, who set sail from Western Australia in June, overcame temperature extremes, sleep deprivation and severe weather as they navigated shipping lanes and shark-infested waters on their gruelling journey of 3,370 nautical miles (3,878 statute miles).
They stepped ashore at 5pm (local time) at Mahe, Seychelles on Wednesday 10th September, after more than 70 days at sea. The row set new records for the fastest and the youngest 4-man crew to cross the Indian Ocean. They are also the 4th quickest boat to cross the Indian Ocean; two of the other three boats had larger crews.
The motivation for the boys’ extraordinary challenge arose from their encounters with clients at Enham Trust, a leading disability charity which supports people in their transition towards living lives of choice, control and independence.
“The people we met at Enham were so inspiring,” said Jamie before setting off. “It’s all about the power of yes – tackling new challenges on every level. This is a huge personal challenge, but we also want to do it for them.”
Alex added, “The way they get on with their lives despite being disabled is completely inspirational.”
Thanks to the generosity of individual and corporate sponsors – including a £5k donation from Europe’s leading commercial foreign exchange specialist Monex – the boys have raised over £32k to help Enham Trust achieve its mission of maximising opportunities for disabled people.
Peta Wilkinson, Chief Executive of Enham Trust, says, “We are so proud of how brave and determined the crew have been to face such adversity and yet come through it all with numerous awards – wow! As a result of their skill and hard work we will be able to support more disabled people to live the lives they choose – to dream, to hope and to achieve – just as the Fast Row West Team have done. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
The boys may be back on dry land but they are still keen to maintain momentum in order to reach their fundraising target of £50k. Jamie says, “It was great to do this record-breaking row for Enham Trust. We faced many challenges during our 71 days at sea. The Enham clients we met were an inspiration – they gave us the strength to carry on when the going got tough. Now we need to work hard to hit our fundraising target.”
To donate, please visit Fast Row West’s Virgin moneygiving page