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  • Coastguards, a lifeboat and four crackers rowers – The Four Oarsmen Update

    Training out on the water to row 3,000 miles is a normal everyday activity for The Four Oarsmen. For those passing by, however, four men in a 25ft white boat out on the horizon can seem rather strange – and often generates lots of questions.

    We asked The Four Oarsmen what was the strangest thing that has happened on their journey so far.

    Earlier this year we were on a training row off the south coast, we’d set off from Teignmouth, Devon and rowed East to Exmouth making our way up the river Exe estuary.

    When we were en-route back out to open waters, we spotted a lifeboat hurtling towards us at a rate of knots. They circled our boat and shouted over their speaker system, “All ok here?”. Merrily rowing along we gave them a thumbs up and a wave at which point they stood down from their duties and came in closer for a quick chat.

    They explained that someone had spotted our bright white rowing boat and reported an emergency thinking that we were an upturned boat floating back out to sea. We explained to the coastguards what we were training for and they told us we were absolutely crackers. They politely said their goodbyes and then sped off back to shore. Fingers crossed that is the extent of our run-ins with coastguards and lifeboats!


    The Four Oarsmen will be completing in the 3,000 mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on 12th December 2017, raising funds for Mind and Spinal Research UK, charities close to their hearts.

    Find out more their story by visiting our Hub.