Team R4R have bought a boat…
After much deliberation and hunting through the extremely small market in ocean rowing vessels, a boat was recently identified and following a very thorough survey by Rossiter Yachts Ltd (a leader in the preparation of such boats) the boat on which team Rowing 4 Research will power across the Atlantic Ocean has been agreed upon.
Despite having crossed the Atlantic three times before, most recently as Atlantic Calling from Morocco to Barbados in 2011/12, she is in remarkably good shape. At 7m (23.4 ft) long and hand made from a trusty plywood construction, she currently weighs about 300kg but with Alex & Harry on board (who by the point of cast off should weigh about 100kg each) together with all the equipment and supplies that they will need for the voyage, she will weigh about 1 tonne.
Watch this space for further news about the boat. She will be receiving a few alterations and modifications over the coming months, not least a suitably eye catching paint job!