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Two Surrey dads looking to row Atlantic

PUBLISHED: 16:37 13 May 2010 | UPDATED: 15:48 20 February 2013

Surrey fathers Richard Hoyland and Steve Coe prepare for the challenge

Surrey fathers Richard Hoyland and Steve Coe prepare for the challenge

Two Surrey dads are proposing to row the Atlantic in December, in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and the British Heart Foundation.


Two Surrey dads are proposing to row the Atlantic in December, in aid of the Princess Alice Hospice in Esher and the British Heart Foundation.

Steve Coe, from Bookham, and Richard Hoyland, from Leatherhead, are taking part in the Woodvale Ocean Challenge and are proposing to row from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the West Indies.

They will be taking on a challenge of a lifetime aiming to complete the gruelling 2935 mile journey some time in late January 2010. During the race they expect to experience thirty foot waves, extreme heat, barren conditions, meeting the odd ship or two and a selection of sea creatures including whales and sharks.

As well as crossing the Atlantic, Steve and Richard are aiming to raise significant funds for the Princess Alice Hospice and also the British Heart Foundation, both charities close to the boys and their family's hearts.

Steve comes from a family of Thames Watermen and Lightermen dating back many generations and has worked the Thames reaches for many years. Rowing is second nature to Steve although this challenge is much greater than just rowing. Richard who has little rowing experience does have numerous triathlons under his belt and is very focused on the technical and physical elements the challenge will set.

Steve and Richard are going to be attending shows and events throughout the year so keep an eye out for their yellow boat, called Kno Fear.

If your wish to join in their adventure and to assist with fund raising, they are offering supporters names to be reproduced on their boat for a token fee of 10.00. In return, you will receive details of how to track their progress, receive up to date emails once they set sail plus an invite to the launch where all the signature can be seen in situ.

To personally support them with sponsorship or simply to keep up to date with their preparations, contact richard@rowtheatlantic2009.co.uk or visit www.rowacrossthepond.co.uk



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