A challenge and a boat!
2020 was a year of reflection.
Everything changed as the world was reduced to lockdowns and social distancing. Our hopes of doing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge also diminished over time. With events cancelled & sponsors rightly more concerned about the survival of their businesses, we were left to do some real soul searching as to what it was we wanted from the challenge we set out to do.
Did we still find it fulfilling? Did it still tick the boxes? Did it align with our social outlook and moral compass? Were we getting all we wanted from proceeding with the challenge? We have taken our time; one of the most important aspects of this challenge was to highlight the plight of our oceans, the issues of plastics and the devastating effects of this and of climate change on our marine environment.
We believe that we could add nothing further as this was not a focus of the race in general. We also wanted to push ourselves to do something truly unique as a trio.
So we looked to see whether we could find something that COULD tick those boxes, we looked at other avenues and we found it.
A challenge that encompasses all the things we were looking for - that hadn’t been done as a trio, that has the focus of plastics and environmental issues at its core and whilst the world is still in a state of flux is a little closer to home, thereby also reducing our carbon footprint.
What we found was a challenge that is by no means any less of a challenge - in fact it will challenge us more:
We will have to battle tides, currents and all the weather the coast has to throw at us. All while avoiding shipping, rocks and sandbanks. It will push us to our limit!!
We shall be rowing the GB coastline!We decided that if we were going to do a crazy enormous challenge, our environmental footprint had to be as small as we could possibly make it. We wanted to raise money for the charities closest to our hearts and to inspire others. But we couldn’t do it alone, we needed help. So our vision was born.
If you share our vision, please consider supporting us.
Raise sufficient funds to cover our costs and make this adventure happen.
Raise as much money and awareness as possible for all of our chosen charities.
Raise awareness of environmental issues and the protection of oceans. Inspire others to challenge themselves, to dream big and to believe they can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
Raise aspiration levels amongst young people and women in Norfolk. Show that ordinary people can do extraordinary things.
Introducing the Norfolk BrOARds Crew
Kate grew up with fantastic views of the Nene Valley in landlocked Northamptonshire, about as far away from the coast as you can get in the UK! Family trips to the seaside always filled her with wonderment and sparked an enduring fascination with the sea! In 2004, Kate decided that her life needed a change and relocated to Norfolk in the search of new beginnings. Within a year, Kate had set off on a life changing gap year, traveling around Asia and Australia. Returning to Norfolk, Kate quickly found herself falling head over heels in love with her now partner of thirteen years – it is amazing what you can pick up from an all-night petrol station on the A10! She also became a step mum to 5 wonderful children too. Kate has always been a keen and determined swimmer, more for fun rather than competition. She has also tried several different sports and fads, most of which have ended unsuccessfully – usually quite painfully and with a certain amount of band aids and plaster casts! Buoyed on by the success of the London Olympics, Kate sought out a ‘learn to row course’ and within two minutes rowing on the Cam - it ignited a passion, one that has yet to be quenched! Kate also took part in the Great River Race in 2017, a 22 mile row up the Thames from Millwall to Richmond. Kate rows, cycles, swims and occasionally frequents the gym, she has one vice in life - chocolate! She also enjoys long evening walks in her spare time, because quite frankly, thirteen miles at work just isn’t enough!
Growing up in landlocked Hertfordshire, Sandra always had a great love of the water and especially the sea, holidays as a child were often spent on the water, but it wasn't until she moved from across the border in Suffolk, some 8 years ago to Norfolk that Sandra learnt to sail and could indulge her passion. Sandra loves her adopted home of Norfolk, is a Borough & County Councillor and Chairman of a charitable trust involved in....yes you guessed it - sailing and water sports. Her friends and family aren’t entirely unsurprised by her wanting to take part in an unusual water based challenge as it’s not the first time she’s set out to challenge herself; After learning to sail, she signed up for a leg of the 2017/18 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race and sailed over 4000 miles across the North Atlantic as a member of Team GREAT Britain. We're not saying that politicians are competitive or anything... so perhaps it was a little unsurprising that with nearly 10,000 sailing miles logged, after learning to row, a month later she was taking part in her first rowing race and it wasn’t long before she was thinking about taking her rowing to the next level. Surprisingly as someone who loves the water, especially sailing, power boating, rowing and kayaking, Sandra doesn't actually like swimming. Something about getting wet being involved!
Like Kate, Kristi grew up in the middle of England. Landlocked on the boarder of Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire, Kristi was lucky that her love of the sea was satisfied with every family holiday. These were spent visiting her family static home on the coast of North Norfolk. Each holiday was spent exploring, with wonderful adventures on the beach, in the woods or cruising the site on her bike with her siblings. Kristi moved to Norfolk as soon as work allowed and is now working with various companies in the area on a freelance basis. Kristi has recently taken up the mantle of running Social Monkey and is in the process of expanding her newly acquired business. Kristi gets great pleasure in working with Active Fakenham. She helps out on the various events they run for the public, most of which are free of charge. This has helped her become a valued part of the local community. After moving to Norfolk, Kristi was also lucky to meet the love of her life, Nick and they now live together with 2 crazy dogs and regularly have Nick's lovely kids. Kristi enjoys walking the dogs, any beach, cycling, kayaking and a pub with a warm fire and rum. She gets out on the sea on the kayak and in the creeks when time and tides allows.
“We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from
whence we came”
John F Kennedy
“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.”