ROW2RIO Team Celebrate Rowing Across The Equator

ROW2RIO Team Celebrate Rowing Across The Equator
6th April 2016 admin

Last night (05.04.16) the Row2Rio team celebrated crossing Equator and entering the final 1000 miles of their world record breaking row across the Atlantic.

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åÊThe Row2Rio team is due to set two world records ahead of the Olympics, by completing a new ocean-rowing route ‰ÛÒ a 3,400 nautical mile row across the Atlantic from Lagos, Portugal to Recife, Brazil.

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åÊThis part of a wider journey the mixed team of four (Jake Heath 29, Mel Parker 28, Susannah Cass 27 and Luke Richmond 31) are undertaking to travel from London to Rio De Janerio, unsupported, using just man (and women) power to link the two Olympic host cities. Row2Rio are rowing and cycling the Olympic legacy from one nation to the next.

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åÊThe team set off on 9thåÊJanuary to cycle 1,495 miles from the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, to Lagos, Portugal. From Lagos, the team departed on 29thåÊFebruary, beginning a 3,400 nautical man-powered journey rowing the Atlantic to Brazil.

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Jake Heath, one of the crew from Row2Rio:åʉÛÏWe‰Ûªve just crossed the equator and beginning our final leg of the trip, rowing into Recife, Brazil, which is overwhelming. This current stage will dictate whether we can get this new route done the way we want to.åÊ This part of our trip has never been rowed before, so it is full of unknowns, but it is what we set signed up to do, a new route across the Atlantic to Recife.‰Û

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åÊThis week the team will complete stage three and the most challenging part of their trip, rowing 950 nautical miles from Cape Verde to the Equator.

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åÊWith full backing from the Ocean Rowing Society, this is a route no other man or woman has completed, and the team, if successful, will break world records for a new ocean rowing route, for mixed crew and a team of four.åÊ

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åÊOcean Rowing Society, comments: åʉÛÏThis is a world first for this route, team of four and a mixed team‰Û_. an epic journey requiring months of mapping and planning before they even get on the water.‰Û

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åÊDriven by personal experience and courage of seeing the amazing work Macmillian are doing in the UK, the Row2Rio team is aiming to raise å£125,000 for the charity.

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Mel Parker, from the Row2Rio team states: ‰ÛÏThis challenge is a personal one, one close to all of our hearts. We have all experienced someone close to use suffer from cancer and the support we received from Macmillan was incredible. We all realised in our own ways that we needed to give something back ‰ÛÒ it‰Ûªs time to payback the kindness we received, with this challenge of a lifetime.‰Û

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åÊThe team is issuing regular updates about their journey via satellite phone to their media feeds.

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Join the crew and keep up to date with their adventure atåÊwww.row2rio2016.co.uk.

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åÊWhen so much of the London 2012 legacy has faded, the team hope to carry the honour of the Olympic legacy from one host city the next ‰ÛÒ this epic journey will be London’s last ‘Hurrah!’

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åÊThe ROW2RIO Journey:

Phase 1 – CYCLE2LAGOS:åÊStarting where it all began, the team set off on 9thåÊJanuary from the Olympic Park in Stratford, London, on bikes for the first major leg of the journey. Heading south, they crossed the Channel and then on through France, Spain and Portugal and into Lagos. CompletedåÊ

Phase 2 ‰ÛÒ ROW2BRAZIL:åÊThe team will row 3,400 nautical miles in an ocean rowing boat past the Canary Islands, and Cape Verde before heading in a South Westerly direction to the East coast of Brazil.åÊIn Progress.åÊ

Phase 3 – CYCLE2RIO -åÊBack in the saddle for this section the team cycle down the eastern coast of Brazil and arrival in their final destination Rio De Janeiro.åÊApprox. 4 weeks of travel time.åÊ