Rowing challenge at North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club to raise money for The Black Dog Institute
Four Bondi locals rowed for 24 hours in front of the North Bondi Surf Life Saving Club last Friday as part of a mission to raise funds for The Black Dog Institute.
Mates Ryan Grace, Cameron Mostyn, Nicholas Sargent, and Martin Fletcher — part of a team dubbed “Rowed Less Travelled” — battled sleep deprivation, physical extremes and sweltering summer conditions to row almost 600km combined by using ergo rowing machines outside the club.
The feat, which required rowing in shifts through the night, added up to 25km each per hour. “We are exhausted, blistered, chafed, sunburnt and have backs like rusty gates, however above all we are proud of what we achieved,” Grace told the Wentworth Courier.
“We had a lot of support from our friends to help keep us hydrated and as comfortable as possible so we could focus on the rowing”.
“Collectively we found it the most difficult in the heat of the sun, about 18 hours in to the challenge, when at one point it was 35 degrees.
“The final hour was a mental challenge. It was pouring rain, our bodies felt broken and it seemed like the clock was standing still. That was tough.”
“We received incredible support from the public in terms of donations, with some even choosing to share their own experiences with mental health us.
“This was genuinely humbling and provided us with all the motivation we needed.”
The trial kick starts fundraising efforts for The Talker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, one of the toughest mental and physical challenges on the planet — a 5,000km unsupported row for 40 days across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.
For event details or to donate, visit rowedlesstravelled.com/, or Instagram @rowed_less_travelled_2019