On June 11th, 2014 a British led team rowed out of Batavia marina in Western Australia and headed towards Africa.
We faced every set back on our expedition; being hit by three major low pressure systems, one of which was a hurricane forcing us hundreds of miles North in our first few weeks, the Morse cable broke which meant we were on manual steering for the last 2,000 miles, we lost a crew member to first degree burns and the bulk carrier Nordic River almost crushed our boat, we then almost had our boat broken in two when we hit a massive blue whale. With all these set backs, major storms, and the fact we rowed the last 2,000 miles with only two rowers on the oars we managed to reach Africa.
Despite all the pain, sleep deprivation, weight loss and sheer exhaustion when we reached the Seychelles it was the best day of our lives.
This row will go down in history as breaking two Guinness World Records for the furthest any team has rowed in any ocean and the fastest time anyone has ever rowed the Indian ocean.
This row was done to raise money for 'Save the Elephants' and to highlight the African elephant poaching crisis that has seen the slaughter of over 100,000 elephants in the last three years. Unless major cross-country collaboration is achieved the African elephants will be extinct in under a decade.
Please help Save The Elephants win their battle to save these incredible mammals before its too late.