Alex Ford, Professor of Biology at the University of Portsmouth, was interviewed by BBC Radio Solent as the Exe Endurow team passed through the Solent:
An article has also been published in local newspaper the Portsmouth News:
GB Row’s Round Great Britain and London to Land’s End races are featured in The Wave magazine’s January/February edition. The article tells the story of the original GB Row in 2005 and writes about the plans for this year’s races: Download a free copy
A recent article in the Daily Telegraph featured Arthur Chatto and his fellow rowers in Exe Endurow. The team are no strangers to adventure sports, though Arthur and his team-mates admit they are new to rowing. They are currently training hard and learning the skills it takes to navigate around Britain's challenging coastline.
The team have been training on nearby rivers in Edinburgh (where Chatto is in his third year at university) and Exeter (where the other three are doing their finals). “We’ve all been trying our best to get up to standard,” says team mate Oliver Dawe-Lane. “Arthur drove four hours just to find a rowing machine to put in his room.”
They will never be more than 20 miles from the coast, but nevertheless have all been economical with the truth when it comes to telling their parents about the race. “With my mum, I think it’s always best not to tell her the full details and then she can’t get too worried,” says Chatto. “Then, when you’re back – touch wood – she won’t worry as much.”
Chatto’s parents should be used to his galavanting by now. His Instagram account reveals Alpine ascents, Arctic diving and topless trekking in the Scottish highlands – that one was a particular hit with his social media following.
His girlfriend, Lizzie doesn't mind his billing as the new most-wanted bachelor (“Oh God, that’s just not true, is it?” he sighs). Apparently, she is “very interested” in the expedition, “because she does Geography like me and Charles, so she’s into the environmental side of it”.
Exe Endurow are raising money for Just One Ocean, a charity dedicated to raising awareness and fighting against plastic pollution in oceans. This charity is committed to tackling a broad and varying range of pollution problems facing the world’s oceans. They undertake projects, and develop solutions working alongside local communities, NGOs and businesses. Key to their approach is enabling learning to occur, through education. Just One Ocean is also passionate about encouraging public engagement, their Big Microplastic Survey programme is focused around citizen science and participation with governments and industries.
Find out more about the team and their fundraising on their website www.exeendurow.com - or take a look at their Justgiving page.
Full article on the Daily Telegraph website: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/meet-arthur-chatto-new-favourite-royal-preparing-row-around/
WEST COUNTRY MEN BREAK WORLD RECORD
FOR ROWING NON-STOP AROUND BRITAIN
Two west country men who have spent the last 26 days rowing 2,000 miles non-stop around Britain set a new world record when they reached Tower Bridge today(Friday).
Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr, from Salcombe, Devon knocked 11 days off the existing world record when they came home after 41days 4hours and 38minutes at sea in a rowing boat no bigger than a family saloon.
On June 1, six boats set off from Tower Bridge to race around Britain’s mainland.
By the end of the first week, when the race reached Land’s End, four crews had abandoned the race, mainly due to mechanical problems caused by rough seas.
The only two boats left racing were a four-man team, the Islanders, as well as Jason and Josh, who are known as Team Savoir Faire.
The four-man crew finished two weeks ago, setting a new world record of 26 days for the epic 2,000-mile non-stop race, the world’s toughest rowing race.
Despite having just two rowers, Jason and Josh have managed to complete the epic journey in under six weeks, living in a boat no bigger than a family saloon.
They braved storms and huge waves in the Irish Sea and were pinned down by bad weather for several days in the north of Scotland.
When they returned to Tower Bridge after nearly six weeks at sea, the two-man crew were met by family and well wishers at the Royal Naval Reserve base, HMS President.
Chris Usborne, race director of GBRow 2013, said: “After battling challenging weather and tidal conditions, Savoir Faire are enjoying excellent weather on their final lap of GBRow 2013. In a measured and very professional row, they have smashed the current world record by 20per cent to become new World Record holders and finish the toughest rowing race in the world.”
Will de Laszlo, race President and skipper of the crew that set the previous world record in 2005 said: “It was an epic effort. Massive congratulations to the record-breaking team. I’m incredibly proud to be involved in an event that hopefully will inspire other people achieve great things.”
For interviews with Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr or race organisers or for more details contact:
Mike Ridley at GB Row 2013
(m) 07836 376 943 T 01474 85 45 45
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Note to Editors
In 2010, Army doctors Nick Dennison and Hamish Reid rowed around UK in 51 days but they started and finished at Lymington, Hants and did not go up and down the River Thames, which adds another two days to journey.
Name: JASON McKINLAY
Age: 42 Life coach and gym owner
From: Now lives in Salcombe, Devon with wife Sarah and their children Oliver, 3, and baby Emilia Rose, born in February. Originally from Cheshire.
Profile: Jason is an adventurer who has rowed the Atlantic. He has run no fewer than 55 marathons, including a marathon on Everest and the gruelling Marathon of the Sands in the Sahara desert. After rowing around Britain, he hopes to complete the Bob Graham round, covering 42peaks in the Lake District in 24 hours.
Jason is convinced that a pair of rowers is the way to beat the record because of the crew dynamics.
Height: 6ft 3ins 94kilos
From: Churchstow, near Salcombe, Devon. Works as a sound recordist and lives with partner Helen.
Profile: Growing up near Salcombe, Josh Tarr is an avid surfer and accomplished sailor. He has also tried his hand at lots outdoor pursuits like kayaking and mountaineering. Last year he cycled alone and unassisted from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity.
Height 6ft Weight 14stone.
‘Why is this race the ‘toughest rowing race in the world?’
Totally unaided, crews in GBRow 2013 tackled the most dangerous & fast turning tides on the planet; cross the world’s busiest shipping lanes, have to avoid heavy shipping including car ferries, industrial fishing trawlers & private yachts on autopilot and navigate live firing ranges at Lydd, Wembury & Aberporth. Just being close to & in sight of land for almost the entire duration makes it easy to quit. They will also cover a distance of over 2000 miles in the very unpredictable Great British weather. Put all these together, and GBRow 2013 is tougher than any other rowing race anywhere in the world.
‘What is meant by non-stop and unassisted?’
The crews not allowed tie up into any port during their 2000-mile journey. They must carry all their own food and water. Each boat has a machine onboard to turn seawater into fresh for drinking. They are allowed to anchor at sea if the tide is too strong.
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Blog from Jason at anchor in the Thames upriver from the QEII bridge at the Dartford Crossing:
So its nearly done.. Almost 2000 miles of The British Isles, two men in a small boat. It’s been a truly wonderful experience, with more high’s than we thought we’d have. The only low points, if any, we’re waiting for tides to change so we could carry on the challenge and of course those winds. What we’ve come to realise, is that those moments of waiting we’re as big a part of the challenge as rowing at 10.2 knots in the stormy Irish Sea.
My favourite bits:
The Scottish coastline is breathtaking (apart from Peterhead. I’m taking them some paint for the houses!)
Everywhere was beautiful in different ways and that’s just it. The contrasting scenery of The British Isles is truly amazing. Each changing with the changing conditions.
We know we had incredible weather and wind for the first few weeks but we’ve also been dealt our fair share of the tough stuff too. We’ve had decisions to make and made the right ones and when there’s no decision to be made, we’ve weathered the storms.
This entire epic journey would have been extremely different, genuinely, if it wasn’t for your support and encouragement along the way. Breaking this record and establishing a challenging feat for someone to break in the future for two men on the oars has been truly memorable.
Thank again to everyone.. We cross the line tomorrow, all being well, under Tower Bridge around 12 to 12:30 with the tide.
Jason McKinlay x
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New Blog from Josh Tarr on Savoir Faire.
Incredible day yesterday. We made a big push and covered much more distance than we’d hoped with both of us on the oars. We both needed to eat and rest so I stayed on for a couple hours whilst Jay got some food and very little sleep! At that point where Jay closed the hatch and I was left with a light northerly wind pushing us in the right direction, the rowing was very easy.
I settled in for a couple minutes reflecting on some of what we’ve been through and it felt like we were now being allowed to cruise home. It sounds strange but it felt like we’d done it, past all the adversity, the unfavourable weather, the technically challenging parts of the British Isles and now this last part is a formality. I shouldn’t speak too soon because rowing 90 miles down to and up the Thames is as good a challenge as any but in relation to what we’ve already done it feels very comfortable.
With all this in mind, I had a moment, music on, looking past the stern there was some city lights and that light orange haze all around them. I tipped my head back to look straight up and it was one of the clearest skies we’ve had. If this was a film then it could easily have run the credits at that point.
Big love, JT x