Small & Mighty takes on the Atlantic Challenge

Written by  Wednesday, 28 February 2018 13:12
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Great Britain has a new entry to the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2018, world renowned for being the most gruelling cross atlantic rowing challenge; and they're doing it for Devon Freewheelers.  Two men putting their lives on the line so that we can Ride For Life, Someone else's.

Men's pair Mark Sealey and Alan Bustin-Mulkern have taken on what is without doubt the biggest fund raising gesture we have ever encountered as a charity, and are hoping to raise in excess of £100,000 for Devon Freewheelers.  It is an amazing challenge that is going to see two men take on the power of mother nature and the might of the Atlantic Ocean to not only raise awareness of Devon Freewheelers but raise a lot of money along the way.

The 8m rowing boat is called the Small & Mighty and is currently being stored at the Charity HQ in Honiton.  If you would like to see the vessel up close and personal please feel free to come along and we'll show you round.  It's difficult to comprehend how two fully grown men are going to row over 3,000 miles in approx 3 months, 24hrs a day, 7 days a week in something so small.  Exeter Volunteer Ian Hopkins has been a lifelong friend of rower and Devon businessman Mark Sealey and introduced him to the Charity.  They began chatting about the work of Devon Freewheelers and after Ian suggested 'why not do it for us', Mark agreed and now they are well on their way.

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A massive fund raising drive is now on to find corporate sponsors to jump on the task of supporting the crew and getting them from the UK across to the Canary Islands were the event starts in December 2018, and support them on their 3,000 mile epic journey from La Gomera to the Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua.  The media drive and benefits to corporate sponsoring is absolutely massive - watch this video to find out more!

Everything is up for grabs, your company could have the whole hull sprayed in your corporate identity, or just your company logo added to the boat, links to the website or maybe fund part of the journey; for example the boat is travelling by road from the UK to Spain.  To find out more visit Row West Seals Website



Last modified on Tuesday, 13 March 2018 14:03
Daniel Lavery

Dan is the founder of Devon Freewheelers since the creation of the charity he has worn many hats to ensure the charity has moved forward and evolved with the needs. Dan devotes his time to the charity and somehow finds time to add articles to the site.