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Two Friends Go To Row

2 team members

Challenge complete

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Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

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Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Complete! Two friends went to row... went to row the Cornish coast![/p][p]On Sunday 14th July we set off to coastal row 100 miles along the Cornish coast on a self generated, funded and facilitated adventure. We launched at Lamorna cove and crossed Mounts Bay to Porthleven and then tracked down the Lizard. We managed to round Lizard point tidal gates and rocks with ease; all the tidal planning and overfall training worked. Despite head winds nearly all day we made excellent progress and chose to push on to Cadgwith rather than land at Polpeor. [/p][p]Day two was Cadgewith to Caerhays, with brief but exhilarating surf landings and launches at Porthkerris and Towan beaches, no matter what we did a set of waves seemed to always accompany these manoeuvres! A long day with lumpy seas and heavy chop on headlands but two very happy rowers! One beach clean at Cadgwith.[/p][p]On day three we went from Caerhays to Millendreath with our pasty stop at Readymoney Cove (the cafe have recycled cups you use and return, no single use plastics at this beach!). The first stretch was extremely long against both tide and wind, it just didn't seem to end but we battled on and the pit stop was magic, the second stage was with the tide along gorgeous coastline and a cheeky stop at St George's Isle to tinker with the gate. Two beach cleans today.[/p][p]Day four and final rowing day was Millendreath to Noss Mayo with a Rame Head pitstop and a loop round the Mewstone. It was a sublime and serene morning with mirror seas and no wind, our rowing was synchronised, slow and smooth but so speedy that we got to Rame way ahead of schedule and stopped for a long lazy lunch and beach clean. The last stretch to Noss Mayo was choppy across the sound, and challenging around the sea facing tip of the Mewstone. Outlaw was hidden behind the Mewstone so a wonderful surprise to see her with family and great friends aboard, she accompanied us in to the estuary and we found we were so early into the creek that we had to stop for a shandy at the Swan Inn while the tide rose enough for us to clear the voss and row the final 25 metre to Noss Hard.[/p][p]On day 5 we had always planned to surf at Mothecombe beach but as we had not used our bikes all week due to the incredible weather window, we decided to ride them to Mothecombe estuary and then swam across the Wannell side and back. We also did a quick litter pick but these are just the bare bones of an incredible adventure. Handing Basha back was surprisingly difficult, what an awesome beautiful boat.[/p][p]Our goal is to raise awareness on a number of related topics and associated charities via funds raised, stories shared, beaches swept and lessons told. We anticipate the trip taking 4 days to complete. [/p][p]We have created an accompanying syllabus with a daily lesson that will be taught at our children's schools for each of the days we are away (suitable for KS1 pupils) enabling children to share in our learning journey. We have already introduced the topics and the trip during a talk at our children's schools and following the challenge we will return to give a talk on what we achieved. All resources we would happily share more widely, just email either of us to get the print outs.[/p][p]Day 1 - Plastic Pollution in the Sea - Surfers Against Sewage - a marine conservation and campaigning charity.[/p][p]Day 2 - Safety at Sea - RNLI - who keep our British coastal waters safe & Refugee Rescue in the Med[/p][p]Day 3 - Opportunity and Privilege - Tushinde Children's Trust - an organisation enabling vulnerable families in Nairobi to thrive.[/p][p]Day 4 - Tidal Rhythms and Ocean Life to help understand aspects of our trip better[/p][p]Please donate what you can and read on for more of the background:[/p][p]Battling time, tides, and childcare, we will be doing approximately 4 x 25 mile stretches. Ideally the weather will be kind enough to allow us to launch our skiff everyday, but if not the boat will be swapped for bikes and we will hug the coast for about 35 miles instead, with a cold swim and beach clean every 10 miles or so. [/p][p]We are proving to ourselves that we can continue to do challenges as working mothers, and that it is so vital to our mental and physical health. Both of us have had hip surgery and some postnatal conditions, so to show that recovery and even improvement is achievable is highly empowering. By viewing this venture more holistically we have developed a trip that we are proud to be going on, one that educates and inspires our children on themes that we are passionate about. Please [/p][p]We are so grateful to everyone who is making this possible and for any donations that you choose to give.[/p][p]A big thank you to Bob Cottell of [url=http://www.coastalrowing.co.uk/]http://www.coastalrowing.co.uk[/url] for his training, advice and use of the boat, oars and extra kit. You have helped change this challenge from dream to reality.[/p][p]Our remaining charity will be added when they register with this platform.[/p]
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Sep 1, 2019

The Hoopers at Bd

Well done Laura, what a fantastic endeavour and fund raiser.


Aug 30, 2019

Mary Willis

£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 30, 2019


£30.00 plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2019

The Gwynn Family

Awesome!! xx

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2019

Will T-P

Finally got round to this. Obviously you underestimated yourselves. Plymouth to Lyme Regis next time?!

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 10, 2019


£100.00 plus £25.00 Gift Aid

Aug 8, 2019

Francesca Pennant

Huge congratulations Laura - epic achievement! Can’t wait to hear more! My brother donated a double skull in May in memory of his wife “Nicky” which is at Fishguard Rowing Club if you ever fancy a Pembrokeshire challenge! 😘Fran Pennant

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 7, 2019

Gun and Gaa

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 7, 2019

The Rees Family

Well done! That's an amazing achievement!

Aug 4, 2019

Archer Family

Great work! From the Archer Family.


Dani French

Dani French

Laura Reesby

Laura Reesby