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Richard Harries

Old Man On The Ocean

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My story

About[p]I am a partly retired consultant radiologist, living in a windmill in rural Lincolnshire with my (long-suffering) wife, Anna. We have 4 children between us and 4 grandchildren, all of whom, I hope, will be listening keenly for my updates from across the water and looking forward to my return to dry land in the hope of hearing some swashbuckling tales of adventure.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I am no stranger to putting my physical and mental endurance to the test. In the last few years I have raised over £7,500 for charity by taking part in various challenges including seven London Marathons, a Bear Grylls 5-day survival course in Scotland, climbing Kilimanjaro and, most recently, walking unsupported from Land’s End to John o’Groats.[/p][p][br][/p][p]I have been a volunteer doctor for the community first responder scheme LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services) and EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) for about 5 years. Through this work I have an affinity with the emergency charity I have chosen to support, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.[/p]Event detailsOld Man on the Ocean[p]My bid to row across the Atlantic will start from one of the Canary Islands in late 2020 in order to avoid the hurricane season. The boat will be a specially designed ocean rowing boat with self-righting features, communications (GPS, VHF radio etc.), and two cabins (one for sleeping in). The journey of approximately 3000 nautical miles will take up to 3 months and I will face storms, huge waves, extremes of heat and cold, fatigue and sleep deprivation. Hopefully there will also be periods of calm and I should see a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, whales and perhaps sharks.[/p]

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17 Nov 2020


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