Rowing across the Atlantic to raise funds for charity


The British doctor and his wife and 9 other couples set a goal to cross more than 4,800 km across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money to support charities.

Charlie Fleury and her husband Adam Baker, both 31 years old, in the UK, working in the emergency and accident department of Royal Devon and Exeter Hospitals, are taking on the challenge called Talisker Whiskey Atlantic more than 4,800 km long, from 12/02. twelfth.

Specifically, the couple will sail from the Canary Islands across the Atlantic Ocean and land in Antigua, Caribbean. In addition to the Fleurys, there were nine other couples participating.

“I hope to be able to raise £100,000 after completing the challenge,” said Charlie Fleury, adding that the entire amount will be donated to Devon Ambulance and Aviation, Royal Devon Hospital and Exeter, the charity Save Life at Sea (RNLI) and the mental health charity Mind in the UK.

Adam Baker and Charlie Fleury on a boat named Percy, which began crossing the Atlantic Ocean on December 12. Photo: Family Handout/ PA

The idea to raise money for a rowing boat came about when Fleury took on a camping challenge on a frozen lake in Norway. She then convinced her husband to join, even though Mr. Baker was seasick. “I want to overcome my fear and overcome the fierceness of the ocean with ten-meter-high waves in the sea, with my wife,” Mr. Baker said. Before that, though, the couple’s sailing trips were no longer than five days.

The journey is expected to last for 40 days, the couple will take turns rowing continuously on a boat named Percy, about 7.3 meters long. Food for the trip includes light, high-calorie foods, along with nuts, crisps, nut butters, protein powder and chocolate bars.

Dr. Adam Baker and Charlie Fleury, both 31, participated in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic challenge on December 12.  Photo: University of Exeter/PA

Dr. Adam Baker and Charlie Fleury, both 31, participated in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic challenge on December 12. Photo: University of Exeter/PA

Before embarking on the journey, Mr. Baker and his wife had undergone training courses on how to use boating equipment, handling emergencies, as well as physical training.

In addition to charity, the couple hope the sea crossing will help them better understand the survival of men and women when placed in the same harsh living conditions. Thereby collecting useful information, serving the research on endurance of both sexes in the coming time.

Minh Phuong (According to Dailymail, The Guardian)

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