Craig Forsyth will be last but not least!

Craig, a bricklayer and former professional Rugby League player from York, UK holds the title for taking part in the most editions of the Clipper Race (sailing).

“I enjoy a life of adventure, new experiences and challenges to test my boundaries.; When it comes to the end of my time, I wanted to make sure that I have lived and that there is no mileage left in the clock of life. To row across the Atlantic is something I have read about, and wanted to do for some time. The challenge certainly seems like an amazing way to use up 3000 miles on the life clock. I know that the thought of being out in the middle of the great ocean with nothing to hear but your own thoughts and nothing to see but miles of endless water does terrify people, for me it is bliss. With the support of my family and friends, I’ll be leaving my native Yorkshire and its comforts (apart from Yorkshire Tea) behind to head for the Atlantic Ocean. Having embarked on a few extreme endurance challenges in the past I know the physical and mental strength needed and while relishing the test this offers, and being able to prepare physically for the rowing, I am aware of the highs and lows that may be ahead of me It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, either during or after a career in Sport and despite the importance of mental health regularly hitting the headlines, many sports people still suffer in silence with the stigma of mental health haunting them in the shadows and not asking for the help that they need. Sporting Chance does incredible work supporting both individuals and organisations across the world of sport, to address mental health, emotional welfare and addictive disorders; a very fitting charity for such a sporting endeavour as rowing the Atlantic.

Pondering dories

Having had the opportunity to row a dory recently I wanted to find out everything I could about the design of this boat. In doing so I found endless (yes, endless) pictures, beautiful and famous (The Fog Warning by Winslow Homer) . And then I stumbled on one of the most incredible stories about three Grand Canyon guides during the epic flooding of 1983. So it goes that the guides in a dory named “The Emerald Mile” took a highly risking ride to put up plywood flash boards in order to hold off the flood at Glen Canyon Dam while the Bureau of Reclamation considered their options to contain and control the Colorado River.

Check out a trailer on a book by Kevin Fedarko about this epic event

Dory by Horacio CardazoDory 1885 The Fog Warning by Winslow HomerDory The Emerald Mile