In training for 3000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge

In training for 3000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge

In training for 3000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge

First published in

SUPER fit Will North rowed 120 kilometres without leaving the shelter of a gazebo.

The 27-year-old was preparing for one of the most gruelling races in the world – rowing across the Atlantic.

He staged his 12-hour row in the Square in Winchester, designed to raise awareness of the 3,000-mile challenge from the Canaries to Antigua next December.

The former Westgate and Peter Symonds’ student needs to raise £80,000 to finance his participation along with friend Dan Howie but aims to raise £200,000 for three charities: Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, Cancer Research UK and St Anna’s, a children’s charity in Ghana.

Two of those are close to his heart as his father Simon, a partner in Winchester estate agents Strutt and Parker is in remission from cancer of the lymphoma.

Mr North, 62, from Shawford, said: “I feel a great deal of pride.

Obviously there’s a worry but it is a marvellous adventure. He has my full support.”

Will, a London-based headhunter, is also hoping for corporate support but anyone giving £250 will have their name on the 23-foot £28,000 boat.

The physical training is no easy task as Will must put on two stone in muscle as he will burn 8,000 calories a day in the race expected to last 40-50 days.

“It has taken over my life but it has opened a whole new world, new people and new opportunities. So far it has been a fantastic journey,” he said.

His sister Emma said: “We are very proud of him.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree