Rowers take on the Atlantic to fight plastic waste

Row For The Ocean team

DYK that more people have been into space than have rowed across the Atlantic? Remember that fact when you learn about a team of Brits about to row across 3,000 miles of choppy waters to help tackle plastic waste.

The Row For The Ocean team – Ros, Kirsty, Laura and Kate – plan to take on Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2018. Only 30 boats are taking part in this quite astonishing task, where they'll be at sea for 60 days with only their own strength and willpower (no sails, no motors) to get them to shore. They also intend to be the fastest women. No pressure then.

There'll be huge waves, massive ships, sleep deprivation, isolation, salt sores and actual sharks, plus terrible food, so when they say it's a challenge they mean it.

It's not all fun and games though: Row For The Ocean has a serious mission, to raise £60,000 for Surfers Against Sewage for its Ocean Schools programme. This charity really is on the front line when it comes to ocean pollution and are fighting the good fight against the massive problem of plastic waste.

The rowers are also planning to support Plastic Free Exeter, a project to make Exeter one of the first plastic-free cities in the UK by 2020 and lead by example for the rest of the country.

The team is mega-close to its £10,000 fundraising target – it'll need a special boat, equipment, support and insurance – over on Crowdfunder.

Here's the campaign video.

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