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UK Charity Row 2015
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One Mission, 4 Rowers, 2,500 Miles, To Raise £100,000
One Mission, 4 Rowers, 2,500 Miles, To Raise £100,000

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Overview of our progress so far!
A 26 year old Ozzie Surf Boat, 4 men in speedos, 2,500 miles of Coast, 2 great charities - and you've got one hell of an adventure! 

So far we have made it to Ardrossan, and have 1,150 miles in the bag! We've had an emotional journey so far and found the (physically and mentally) demanding challenge difficult at times but always rowed on and kept all of the support, Lexi May and the charities in mind to boost our morale! But we are over half way now and heading south!

If you want to find out more or get regular updates about the boys while they embark on this journey, subscribe to keep up with the +UK Charity Row 2015 or find us on facebook goo.gl/rCnY6R or twitter https://goo.gl/c50qIT 

We'd love to have your support!

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Lexi May is taking her toll on the crew
A big thank you to Ross Campbell at Newgrove Furniture in +campbeltown for the donation of some underlay to cushion our sore bottoms! ;)

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We have arrived in Tarbert*
We have seen some great things in #tarbert  including Robert the Bruce's castle!! 

Follow our facebook page if you would like to keep updated with our travels (thanks to Duotraq we will have stats about each day's progress) and if you would like to donate, this epic journey is all to raise money for two amazing charities that are close to the us! +Wessex Cancer Trust  and +Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund!  You can donate on the website or through the facebook page https://goo.gl/s2qAby , it would be very much appreciated! But donating isn't the only way to show your support, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and share with your family and friends. This is a UK first and we would love to share it with the whole community!


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Throwback to 'A day in the life of the #ukcharityrow15  crew
Nairn Marina to Inverness Marina (the start of the Caledonian Canal)
The 4am alarm warbles across the floor of Nairn Sailing Club, rousing us from a light sleep - the almost perpetual light at this time of year this far north, and the knowledge that we'd be up early stunts the quality our five hours of sleep. We hastily pack away our roll mats and sleeping bags, swig a quick cup of tea and lug our personal packs and equipment bags to the boat, suddenly aware of how little water there is in the harbour.
"You sure about that local knowledge about the depth? Three foot at four hours after high water looks a bit tight..."
"We're at three and a half hours after high water, so in theory we've got some tolerance..."
But despite airing on the side of caution and casting off bang on 5am with a theoretical half an hour of safe water depth to spare, we went aground almost immediately.
As we pushed off the mud and edged out of the harbour into the river, passing two swans and their signets, we ran aground again. Oops.
We realised with horror and a growing sense of urgency that there was far less than the 3ft depth we'd been advised. So much for local knowledge! All four of us scrambled out of the boat and began dragging Lexi May across the pebbly river bed towards deeper water, with the very real possibility that in less than 60 seconds we'd be completely grounded for the next 6 hours, resulting in missing our tidal window to get to Inverness, not to mention the embarrassment of the boat being stranded mid-river. 
With the stream running fast and the crucial water rapidly draining away, we all heaved Lexi May's weighty keel across the river bed, adrenaline overcoming sleep deprivation, urging our aching limbs to spring into action.
Lexi May began to move, crunching across the stones, until with great relief she began floating again. Phew! But we still hadn't cleared the drying sandbar at the entrance... With a lookout at the bow to guide us around the shallows into deeper water and with nervous glances at the depth sounder we kept going, the middle pair pulling hard to push the boat on, racing the precious little remaining water to a safe depth.
Half a mile out with three metres under the keel we finally relaxed. Close one!
We paused to munch breakfast snacks and laugh about our exit from the harbour, then paddled on into the morning mist which rapidly gave way to thick fog with less than one hundred metres visibility. Making for shallow water rowing avoid bigger boat's heading to Inverness, we hugged the shore, hearing but not seeing waves breaking on the beach.
After an hour rowing through damp, clinging fog with zero visibility, the gloom finally began lifting, giving way to bright sunshine. Perfect conditions to observe two seal colonies in the final approaches to Inverness Firth. As the sun rose higher the sea flattened off to a near mirror like consistently, reflecting the beautiful mountainous borders, almost perfect rowing conditions. The arrival of three dolphins gliding under the boat and popping up alongside the boat completed our eventful, final paddle in the demanding North Sea, which had severely tested us.
The Caledonian Canal lay ahead, the steady east to west downwards slope marking the halfway point in our challenging journey. We were about to start descending, heading south on our way home...

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1 Crew member down in Crinan
Unfortunately, one of the crew members Steen has come down with a bug so we have taken on the Crinan Canal with only 2 of us rowing. Luckily the water is flat and so not too bad for us to cope with. We will be meeting up with Steen in a day or two once is he is well-rested and fit to continue rowing...

We really do appreciate all the help and support you guys have been showing! It is the main thing boosting the morale of the crew and helping us face this physically and emotionally draining challenge every day. Thank you.


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No sightings of the great Loch Ness... the crew row on!
As much as we were hoping to see the legend on our travels, the #lochness  was a no show. Perhaps she was feeling a bit under the weather.. We still managed to take this beautiful photo of a beautiful place. Will be heading south very soon.


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We are getting the most amazing support on our journey already, but if you are interested in what we are doing then check out the 8 different ways that you can get involved below:





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Throwback to Gordon Barracks, Aberdeen accommodation for the night
Here is a little tour of the accommodation we stayed in hosted by Rower/ Camera man Steen! 


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