Shoreham Port is delighted to be able to support two young rowers as they attempt to cross the Atlantic and raise thousands of pounds for charity.
James Dennistoun from Worthing and Sam Langmead from Poling Arundel are just a few weeks away from taking part in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race.
They will start the 2,900 mile voyage from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua on 6th December and expect to finish some two months later!
With sponsorship secured from a variety of organisations and members of the public, Sam and James are hoping to raise much-needed funds for two local charities: St Barnabas and Wave 105 Cash for Kids.
Shoreham Port has provided free mooring for James and Sam's boat, Heart of the Warrior: a 23.4ft Atlantic Rowing Race class, which was specifically designed for the race in 1995 by Exmouth boat builders and designers, Phil Morrison and Peter 'Spud' Rowsell.
Shoreham Port staff have also donated money to help James and Sam raise the £45,000 needed to fund the trip.
"When we heard about the lads plan to take part in this grueling race in order to raise money for charity, we felt compelled to help," says Kevin Stewart, Marine Pilot at Shoreham Port. "We've encouraged everyone here to pledge and would like others to do the same. We've also been able to provide free mooring for them. We wish them all the best in their challenge, which will see them tackling extreme weather, 50 foot waves, sharks and oil tankers amongst other things!"
All of the money raised from by James and Sam's efforts will be split between St Barnabas Hospice and Cash For Kids.
St Barnabas Hospice, which is complimented by Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice, works tirelessly to improve the lives of terminally ill patients and the families around them.
Cash for Kids is also a children based charity championing projects to help those disadvantaged either financially, socially, emotionally or physically.
If you're interested in finding out more about the race and how you can help please visit Heart of the Warrior.
26th November 2009