Oarsome foursome seek corporate sponsors for charity Indian Ocean Row
Four amazing guys are rowing 3,600 nautical miles - unassisted - across the Indian Ocean to raise awareness and much-needed funds for Young Onset Parkinson's Disease. Less than 50 people in the world have been successful and they're hoping to cross in record time.
But to make this landmark crossing, the crew need corporate sponsors to help fund the trip. The sponsorship is tiered with Gold receiving full branding rights, media exposure in the UK and overseas including involvement in a documentary by the BBC, team name to be changed to company name, inspirational talks by the team etc.
The four-man crew will set off from Western Australia in June guided by skipper Billy Taylor. They hope to reach their final desitination in Port Louis, Mauritius in less than 71 days, which is the current record. What makes this trip even more special is that one of the crew members was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 43 and his journey will be monitored by researchers from Oxford Brookes University. They will investigate how his brain and motor skills cope with the prolonged physical and mental stresses of ocean rowing.
English explorer and holder of several endurance records, Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE is fully behind the crew. "The skipper Billy epitomises the modern day adventurer. Not content with inspiring thousands during his record breaking Pacific Ocean Row in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, he has turned his attention to breaking the world speed record for rowing across the Indian Ocean, and in doing so, raising awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s disease.
"With less than 50 people in the world having successfully rowed the Indian Ocean, Billy and the Indian Ocean Row 2017 crew will be joining an elite list of adventurers, and I am delighted to support Indian Ocean Row 2017 in their landmark crossing."
The physical challenge will be enormous. The crew have no support team and will be taking it in turns to row two hours on, two hours off, day and night. The men will endure a range of discomforts and dangers from sleep deprivation, dehydration, sea sickness, bad weather and passing tankers - to name a few.
The boat will be fitted with a tracker so their progress can be followed online and they will also live-stream to various schools around the UK to raise interest in various topics such as geography, oceanography and marine conservation.
If you think you can help in anyway, please get in touch. More information can be found at www.rowtheindianocean.com
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