Meet George Blandford, Caspar Thorp, Toby Thorp and Justin Evelegh, AKA Team Oar Inspiring, the crew that are preparing to embark on the most incredible challenge all in aid of Starlight.
On the 30th of November 2018 the team will set of to San Sebastian in La Gomera, where they will begin final preparations for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The race brings together 30 teams from across the world united by the same objective, to row the Atlantic in in the fastest time possible.
On the 12th of December, after months of hard work and preparation, the team will finally board their seven-by-two metre boat ‘Lionheart’ and take to the ocean.
Heading west from San Sebastian in La Gomera the team will travel 3000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean, arriving at Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua in the New Year.
Oar Inspiring’s aim is to complete the race and raise enough money to fund a year’s worth of Starlight wishes, helping brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families across the UK.
Rowing in pairs non-stop in two hours shifts, the team will be at sea throughout Christmas and New year battling extreme physical challenges, sleep deprivation and salt sores all in aid of Starlight!
To give you just a small idea of the epic scale of the challenge, here a just a few facts about what Team Oar Inspiring will be facing:
•420- The minimum number of hours spent rowing on the challenge.
•9000- The number of calories that will be burned by each rower per day.
•50ft- The size of the waves the team will face daily.
•1 million- The number of oar strokes per challenger.
With all this considered, it is no wonder only 500 people have ever rowed the Atlantic!
You can support the team’s journey by donating along with your message of good luck on their Just Giving page here. Once the team hit the water on 12th December, make sure you keep up to date with their progress on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.