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rowing to the scillies!

posted on June 25th, 2012 by sian

Rowing to the Scillies

After almost a year waiting for clear, calm conditions, Helford River Gig Club have picked their day and are currently (as we speak) rowing all the way from Helford River to the Scillies! That’s a full 65 miles, in what is increasingly turning into a rather wet day. All in the name of charity.

Rowers Fred Gleadowe, George Wilson, Ed Gleadowe, Patrick Hopson, Rory Loftus, Maurice Chetwynd-Woods and Charlie Samuel, who have been rowing with the HRGC since they were 12/13, are all taking part along with their coach Dave Merrick. Plus our very own Logistics Manager, Ed, is on board the support boat and reporting back to Seasalt HQ with regular pictures. The picture above shows them earlier this morning just off Lizard Point.

Half a mile past the Lizard

Rowing to the Scillies just past Lands EndJust past Land’s End

Rowing to the Scillies coming up to Wolf LighthouseComing up to Wolf Lighthouse

Rowing to the Scillies Wolf LighthouseWolf Lighthouse in sight

Update at 10pm Monday 25th June: “Just spoken to the support boat. The tide has slowed them down coming into Scillies but they are just about to do one last crew change and then one final push. They should be in by 11pm, may just miss last orders!! I will see if I can get a call into the Mermaid and ask them to delay last orders and give them a cheer. All ‘knackered’ but in good spirits. What a fantastic achievement!”

Update at 9.50am Tuesday 26th June: “They finally arrived at about 11.15pm last night after having the tide turn against them again. They were met by the local policeman who gave them a congratulatory ‘well done’! The local gig club provided them with food and they opened the church hall for them to stay in overnight, which was great, saved putting up a tent!

“Radio Cornwall kindly gave them a call at 6.05am for an interview, hopefully it will be on later in the day!

“Thanks to all of you who have already donated through the Freddi Gleadowe’s Just Giving Page, the money is so much appreciated.

“I am in the process of arranging the collection of Golden Gear, trailer going over first thing tomorrow and she should be on the ship and back at the club on Saturday.

“Again thanks so much for your support and what a great bunch of 18-20 year olds that we have in our club, an amazing achievement. Also again, I can’t say enough thanks to Toddy and Edd for their support in the rib and of course Dave Merrick for getting in the boat and rowing with them!”

The boys are on their mission to raise money for Cornwall Hospice Care and are hoping to hit the £10k mark – to donate please visit Freddi Gleadowe’s Just Giving Page.



5 Responses to “rowing to the scillies!”

  1. Lynne says:

    Keep up the good work boys – well done !!

  2. Amanda says:

    Well done all the boys for the journey so far. An amazing effort for a well deserved charity. Steve would be proud of you George.

  3. Nic says:

    Well done boys. a brilliant effort, nearly there. Bet the beer is going to taste good! Fantastic cause, let’s hope you raise lots of money!

  4. chloe says:

    What a feat – and what a wet 17 hours! Brilliant effort, well done!

  5. ottie says:

    Well done boys, it was us cheering out of the bedroom window when collecting Charlie from the pontoon in the quiet morning mist. x

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