In 2011 Karl Savage and Mick Stott will row the Atlantic from New York to the Scilly Isles they will be the oldest pair to attempt this with a joint age of 103 both Karl and Mick served together in the British Army as Physical Training Instructors. They will row in aid of the charity www.talking2minds.co.uk and all proceeds will help those who are suffering from the symptoms associated with Post Traumatic stress Disorder/Response.
This journey is a distance of 2845 Nautical Miles and there will be many hardships to overcome during this "Challenge of a Lifetime", their journey will take them close to the Grand Banks with freezing temperatures, ice flows, and fog. Here they will not have the advantage of mid Atlantic trade winds, or calm seas, they will have to be prepared for mountainous seas with 30ft waves, known as one of "The Worlds Toughest Challenges", only six successful crossings have been made on this route over the past 100 years.
They are preparing to embrace this challenge and have been training hard for over a year. The 5.9mtr GRP composite Woodvale boat will weigh around 1ton on departure with a full cargo of safety equipment,900 freeze dried meals, refreshments, and a water maker to turn salt water to drinking water, each rower is expected to burn around 10,000 calories a day rowing 2hrs on, 2hrs off, 24/7.
Supplied with the latest electronics, the boat will be able to show daily progress and beam visual images back to the UK mainland with on board cameras. The team hope to complete the journey without any physical human contact, without accepting any outside assistance until reaching land on Scilly, they aim for "The first land to land unassisted row record" on this classic route.
Records show two Norwegian/Americans, George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen in 1896 were the first to row from New York to Scilly, they had many difficulties, they capsized several times their supplies replenished by passing cargo ships, recording a passage of 55 days 13 hours , this time remains unbeaten! Oliver Hicks "Virgin Atlantic" solo row in 2005, became the only successful rower of the Harbo and Samuelsen land to land route to Scilly. The best modern day record time from New York belongs to a Dutch crew of four in "Vopak Victory" 60 days 16 hrs, they crossed the north/south Bishop Rock Lighthouse line about 70 miles south of Scilly.
They are fully committed to the "Challenge of a lifetime" and will be looking for good weather patterns to land The North Atlantic record on Scilly.