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THE BOYS ARE BACK!!!!

They are currently anchored off the Millenium Dome and will be heading under Tower Bridge around 12 to set a new world record! If you can’t see them live, then log onto the Tower Bridge Webcam!

Jason and Josh are on the home straight!

Savoir Faire off Duncansby Head

Savoir Faire off Duncansby Head

The boys have turned round all the corners of Scotland and are now heading home! They would like to get back in 39 days, but the winds are against them for at least the next five. If they can hold their course steady and finish, they are still on to beat the record of 50 days for a two-man crew around the British Isles. And they will be only the second two-man crew to achieve this feat. They continue to be incredibly grateful for all the support from their sponsors, supporters and Paypal donators on the website and well-wishers on Facebook.

J and J on the high seas

J and J on the high seas

BEST OF LUCK, BOYS, FOR THE LAST LAP OF THIS AMAZING CHALLENGE!

 

 

 

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR WONDERFUL SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS! 

Sponsors

The Winking Prawn Restaurant  and Island St Bar and Grill, Salcombe   www.winkingprawn.co.uk  www.islandstreet.co.uk

Harold Pinchbeck English Luxury Watches   www.haroldpinchbeck.co.uk – Jason’s wearing a great watch of theirs throughout the journey.

Paul Carpenter Associates   Chartered Civil and Structural Engineers and Surveyors   www.pcassoc.co.uk

Polaris Bikewear    www.polaris-apparel.co.uk – wonderful bikewear that’s suitable for rowers too!

isee2 – http://www.isee2.eu – for the beautiful wrapping of the boat

Quba & Co. – British Nautical Clothing    www.quba.com – specially designed GB Row jackets for the boys

Supporters

Simon Finch – Synapcea Web Design

Salcombe Holiday Homes

Paul and Rob of Custom Boat Upholstery, Blagdons Boatyard, Devonport, Plymouth

Studio Dix Neuf  http://www.studiodixneuf.com

South Sands Hotel, Salcombe   http://www.southsands.com

Extreme Adventure Food   www.extremeadventurefood.co.uk/

The Tower Hotel, Tower Bridge  http://www.guoman.com/en/hotels/united_kingdom/london/the_tower/index.html

GTC – Global Telesat Communications   www.globaltelesat.co.uk

Globalstar   www.globalstar.com

Cafe Alf Resco, Dartmouth   www.cafealfresco.co.uk/

Plymouth Sailing School  www.plymsail.co.uk/

Bangwallop Photography    www.bangwallop.co.uk

Yard-O-Led – The Pen Shop     www.penshop.co.uk

Cliff House, Salcombe

 AND HERE ARE OUR CHOSEN CHARITIES:

The Kingsbridge Chemotherapy Outreach Project  www.chemooutreachproject.co.uk

MIND – The Mental Health Charity   www.mind.org.uk

Daisy Palmer Trust   www.daisypalmertrust.co.uk

 

Josh and Jason are on their way!

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At 8.20 this morning, the boys, along with five other boats, set off with the Queen’s boat, the Gloriana, to start the GBRow 2013. They all rowed out under Tower Bridge, then as the tide turned, rowed back under the bridge. When the first boat crossed under the bridge, the Gloriana’s klaxon sounded and the race had begun!

Here are the boys having their last land-based meal – a bacon buttie! – shortly before getting into their boat and heading off down the Thames with the rest of the crews.

Family and friends were there to wave them off from the Royal Navy’s HMS President dock next to Tower Bridge.

See Challenge News for further posts, photos and current updates. We will shortly be able to track their progress from this site, so keep tuning in!

Round Britain Rowing World Record Attempt

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On June 1st 2013,  we, Jason McKinlay and Josh Tarr of Salcombe, Devon – are going to tackle the rowing race acknowledged to be the toughest in the world. We will be leaving from under Tower Bridge to head out into the treacherous waters of our own British Isles. We will row the entire circumference of our country in a 23-foot marine ply rowing boat, non-stop, alone and unsupported – and as fast as we possibly can. You may think this is easier than rowing across an ocean like the Atlantic, but it couldn’t be further from the truth.

Our aims

We are aiming to set a new World Record for a two-man rowing team. Only four boats have ever completed it, and of those four, only one was a two-man boat. The others had crews of four or more.

At the same time, we want to raise money for some causes close to our hearts.

The Kingsbridge Chemotherapy Outreach Project  www.chemooutreachproject.co.uk

MIND – The Mental Health Charity   www.mind.org.uk

Daisy Palmer Trust   www.daisypalmertrust.co.uk

See our individual pages for more details on the charities we have each chosen to row for and why.