The Mississippi Million rowers led by John Pritchard arrived at New Orleans on the 25th October after rowing two Thames skiffs for 2,320 miles down the mighty river. It has been a huge achievement and I hope they get the recognition they deserve – and that John raises a good sum for the charity Right to Play, which promotes the right of all children to be able to play.
The rowers describe it as a mix of toil, pain, laughter, wonderment, hospitality, friendship, kindness, headwinds, rain, thunder, lightning, tornados, blood, sores and Sam Adams beer, though no doubt Chris Partridge would call it pleasure. Read John’s weblog account here, and Patrick Broughton’s here.
I particularly like his last entry, which simply reads: ‘Begining of the day End of the day. Job done. And yes there were tears.’
This summer a group of locals rowed 100 miles from Village Bay St Kilda to Portree on the Isle of Skye in an open rowing boat bulit around 1890, and raised funds for the RNLI and Skye & Lochalsh Young Carers along the way.
The next mission for Row St Kilda to Skye is to reintroduce skiff racing back to the Isle of Skye Highland Games – their boat Aurora was originally built to race in the games’ regatta, so next August the aim is to have her racing once again.
Sailing along California’s Baja coast. If after watching this you feel you’d done enough sailing this summer, you’re a better man than I.
This is proper RD Culler-style sailing too, which I’d guess can be summarised as sail where you can row when you must, and make sure your boat is simple and effective and rows well, so that you don’t need to lug and use a motor.
Plan well two… more rules of his are to row during the first part of your trip so that you can sail in the later part, when you’re hot and tired.