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Atlantic rowing challenge dream nearly sank - until Roodsafe got on board

Atlantic rowing challenge dream nearly sank - until Roodsafe got on board

A fundraising trans-Atlantic rowing challenge that is about to end wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Roodsafe, the Nottingham-based leader in working at height safety solutions, which stepped in to support it as its main sponsor.

A four-man crew is rowing, unsupported, from Fuerteventura to Antigua, in 45 days in a bid to raise money for HUMEN, a movement to improve and maintain men’s mental health, and The Dean Farm Trust, which is a home for life to 180 rescued animals in South Wales.

The Atlantic Dash boat is 29ft-long, a little under 6ft wide and will be the crew’s life support system for the time that they are on the water.

The crew are rowing in pairs and are running on a shift pattern of two hours rowing followed by two hours resting for 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The crew is very nearly at the finish pot in Antigua.

It’s a challenge that had caught the eye of Simon Rood, founder and managing director at Roodsafe, based at the Park Lane Business Centre in Old Basford.

He said: “What an immense challenge these four men are undertaking, and all to raise money for charities. They’ve faced sleep deprivation, cramped conditions, rough seas and tough weather conditions.

“But, when they complete it, they will become part of a very small group of people who have rowed across the Atlantic. It’s an awesome thing to be doing and when they needed a main sponsor, Roodsafe was delighted to step in and play a small part in making this happen.”

The crew, made up of skipper Billy Taylor, Matthew Pritchard, Johnny Ward and Martin Hasletine, had originally set off from Lanzarote, but had to restart from Fuerteventura after the boat needed to stop for repairs early in the challenge.

It is now thought that they are now the first people in history to attempt to row from Fuerteventura to Antigua, although it will not count as a Guinness world record because it is not a normal Atlantic crossing challenge route.

Barry Hayes, from Monkey Fist Adventures, which set up the challenge, said: “We’re very grateful to Roodsafe because without their support, it would not have gone ahead. The crew is nearly there and have worked hard to get this far. With Roodsafe’s support, they’ve raised a lot of money for charities.”

The crew is just a couple of hundred nautical miles from their ultimate destination.

To follow the Roodsafe-sponsored challenge, follow Monkey Fist Adventures on Twitter @_monkeyfist, or visit

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