Monday, 27 September 2021

Women need crew for Pacific row attempt

A TRIALS day for a place on a charity row across the Pacific will be held at Leander Club in

A TRIALS day for a place on a charity row across the Pacific will be held at Leander Club in Henley next Saturday (September 28).

Teacher Sarah Weldon, of Makins Road, Henley, is looking for a fourth member of her all-female crew, Fourbirdsaboating.

The quartet will set off from Monterey Bay in California in May and plan to row 8,300 miles to Cairns on the north-east coast of Australia.

The expedition is expected to take eight months and the women hope to set a new record as the first or fastest four to make the journey.

Throughout the expedition, the rowers will broadcast their experiences online as part of Miss Weldon’s education charity Oceans Project Georgia for which they are raising money.

The vacancy became available last month when Miss Weldon’s crewmate Michelle Andrews, from Wetherby, pulled out.

There is a £200 fee to take part in the selection day, which will cover the cost of organising it.

Participants will be put through their paces on the Henley Royal Regatta course.

There will be a chance to meet Miss Weldon and her crewmates Lizzie Williams, 21, also of Makins Road, and Kate Gibbs, 29, who teaches at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth.

The team’s support crew and sponsors will also attend.

No experience of rowing or charity expeditions is required as full training will be provided. The cost of the trip will be covered by sponsorship.

The team is recruiting two candidates as it also needs a reserve rower.

The successful applicants will be announced during a motivational speaking event at the club later in the day.

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