At 3am on Sunday morning, Team Atlantic Discovery – consisting of Royal Holloway alumni Isaac Kenyon (BSc Petroleum Geology, 2015 and MSc Petroleum Geoscience, 2016), Benjamin Ajayi-Obe (MSci Computer Science 2015), and Jack Hopkins (BSc Computer Science 2014), along with support crew members, Camilla Zupi and Leanne Hubbard – broke the world record for longest continual row on an indoor rowing machine by a small mixed team on campus.
The team surpassed the previous 30 hour record by 10%, pushing the new record to 33 hours. This feat is currently pending confirmation by Concept2, who maintain and adjudicate this record. The team were supported the whole way by the existing students and staff of Royal Holloway, whose support and help before and during the event proved invaluable.
For Atlantic Discovery, this world record is an early stepping stone in their journey to compete in the Talisker Whiskey Challenge, a rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2018 to raise funds for the charities Multiple Sclerosis Society and BMSTC. This challenge consists of propelling a rowing boat for 3000 nautical miles, in two hour shifts, from La Gomera, Spain to Antigua. This shift pattern means that while two team members row, the other two will be sleeping.
This event raised over £1,100 for three charities: Multiple Sclerosis Society, BMSTC and Mind, all of which were chosen for their personal connection to the team. Benjamin Ajayi-Obe’s mother Rose was sadly diagnosed with MS in 2002; while Leanne Hubbard’s cousin lost his battle with mental health when he was just 42. These charities do amazing work supporting not only those affected, but also their loved ones too.
Anyone wishing to support the cause and Atlantic campaign, please get in touch through social media or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additionally, any support leant to the charities would be greatly appreciated. This can be done through Just Giving page:
Currently the Team is looking for sponsorship and commercial partnerships to help bring together the required expedition equipment. If you wish to help the team, you can donate as little as £10 through the Team’s #DiscoverAMile campaign to have your name emblazoned on the inside of the boat – the ‘Ellida’. See the website for more details: http://atlanticdiscovery.co.uk/.
Any and all support would be greatly appreciated!
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