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Frank Approaches Final Stretch

7 February 2024

Club News

Frank Approaches Final Stretch

7 February 2024

After 63 days and countless challenges, chairman Frank Rothwell is just over 300 nautical miles from finishing his row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Having started his journey from the Canary Islands on 13th December, and so far has travelled over 2,500 nautical miles across the second largest ocean in the world.

His total raised for Alzheimer's Research is rapidly approaching the £250,000 mark.

You can donate by clicking here.

It’s not always been easy though, just a few days into his journey he capsized and was thrown out of the boat, after conditions deteriorated massively.

Thankfully, Frank was wearing his harness and was able to return to his vessel.

Having kept pace with the other solo rowers as 2023 ended and we entered 2024, Frank faced yet another challenge just last week.

The rowers make use of the currents from the south east during the latter stages of the missions, which allow them to complete the final leg to Antigua.

Frank, and a number of other participants, however, were faced with a different set of wins.

“The currents normally blow towards the north west, which make it a lot easier to row,” said Frank.

“Rowing against the wind is nigh on impossible, so when the winds changed and were going towards the east, I had to deploy the wind anchor which keeps me in position and stops me blowing off course too much.

“We have to use the wind anchor, because where we are in the sea, a normal anchor wouldn’t be long enough to reach the seafloor.

“The winds are in my favour now, however, and I’ve got about a week to go.

“I’m hoping to arrive by Valentine’s Day so I can see my wonderful wife, Judith.”

Frank spoke to Sky Sports earlier today, discussing his recent trouble with the wind and eyeing up the finishing line.


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