Chairman Dave Elliott and James & Mary St Aubyn of St Michaels Mount are today heading over to France to meet with Christopher Long and other French contacts to finalise the plans for the Mont 2 Mount row in the summer of 2012.
Meanwhile club members Gary Rich, Colin Campbell, Rebecca Campbell, Neil Harvey, Logan Anderton & Rob Abernathy are en route to France on two wheels. They set off on the 28th of Feb from St Michaels Mount bound for Plymouth where they will catch the over night ferry and ride down to Mont-Saint-Michel on the 29th.
This is the club members second trip to France on two wheels after completing the same ride in November 2011. It’s a good opportunity for the rowers to build stamina for the event in the summer.
The aim of the record breaking non stop 180 mile row from Mont-Saint-Michel to St Michaels Mount is to raise money for chosen charities. The club has elected to support Shelterbox as its title charity for the event.
Shelterbox started as a small charity in Helston, Cornwall where it provided multipurpose boxes for disaster areas. Since the launch 11 years ago the charity has gone from strength to strength and provides world wide aid to victims of natural disasters.
The squad of M2M rowers have been training over the past few weeks to prepare themselves for the near 40 hour passage in the summer. They have been training at night, something gig rowers don’t normally do.
The idea for the row was discussed in good old gig rowing fashion over a pint when discussing potential fundraising ideas. Now the informal ideas are to become reality.