MCS Team Status Row - Home and Dry
By Mike Clift | February 11, 2019
Over the finish line, mission accomplished
Back in August of last year we had the honour of training blind veteran Steve Sparkes and his partner Mick Dawson for their record breaking completion of the Great Pacific Race. Click here for more details.
So it was that we were interested to learn of an all female team competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to raise the profile of ocean plastic pollution. Their intention was to complete the event and raise funds for the Marine Conservation Society. They competed under the alias “Team Status Row”.
They entered the race in the Trio Category coming second in that class and managed to come in 22nd overall out of a total of 27 boats competing in the race.
What impressed us most was that the three women involved, Susan Ronaldson, Jess Rego and Caroline Wilson had, up until only 18 months before the event, never rowed competitively before in their lives.
Relaxing after a gruelling ocean event
The girls departed from La Gomera, just off Tenerife, on December 12th of 2018 and arrived over the finishing line at Antigua on February 11th 2019. The event is known as the world's toughest rowing event and must have taken extreme courage and determination to complete.
They endured a number of ordeals during their intrepid journey including oar injuries and being struck by flying fish. Against all the odds, good humour and belief in their cause got them through it all.
Congratulations, Ladies. We know from our experience training Mick and Steve just how demanding these ocean rowing events can be and we take our hats off to them out of respect.
The Marine Conservation Society
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You can read more about the great work that they do by visiting their website.
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