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Royal Navy Submariners rowing across the Atlantic unsupported for charity

Royal Navy Submariners rowing across the Atlantic unsupported for charity
11/12/2019 Kelly Olsen

Royal Navy Submariners rowing across the Atlantic unsupported for charity

Four Royal Navy submariners begin their journey tomorrow to cross the Atlantic in the world’s toughest unsupported rowing race.

The team, known as ‘HMS Oardacious’, is hoping to raise £100,000 for the RNRMC to provide Mental Health and Wellbeing to their submarine community by rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

As submariners, the team are used to the challenges of the ocean – spending months at a time under the waves with no contact to the outside world. But this time they are training for above the surface in one their biggest challenges yet.

As great teams do, they are already looking at ways to keep morale high out on the open water.

“There’s humour side of it – you should be able to laugh at every scenario,” said Lieutenant Mitchell-Heggs.

“No matter how bad it gets, you should always find the humour in everything, so that will lend itself really well to the challenge itself.”

We are proud that the team will also be rowing with the Bear Grylls Technology — we have provided them with two Bear Grylls 21W Solar Mats to help keep them powered.

The team will depart from La Gomera tomorrow, the 12th of December and we will be following along their journey and posting updates as they progress.