A team of four rowers including a couple from Swindon will leave dry land tomorrow (Saturday 12 December) to take on a 3,000-mile non-stop row across the Atlantic.
Team Generation Gap – a name chosen in recognition of the 31-year age gap between its oldest and youngest members - is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Challenge 2020, which leaves La Gomera in the Canary Islands on the 12 December 2020.
The team will chalk up two firsts and world records for the race, which draws participants from across the world. Its crew includes the first ever Spanish woman, and first father and daughter duo to take on the challenge.
Swindon couple Victoria Micó Egea (30) and Edward Raymont (29), and father and daughter duo, Brittany Staniforth (27) and Roger Staniforth (59), make up the four-man rowing Generation Gap team, who are aiming to arrive at the finish line in Antigua in a target of 42-days, when they also hope to have hit their epic £100,000 fundraising target that will be shared between their chosen charities: Mind, The Royal Marines Charity, Rural Assistance Nepal and Women’s Aid.
The team’s skipper Edward Raymont, says: “It has definitely been a difficult few months as we have had to adjust to the new normal. Social distancing measures made rowing together in a small boat completely impossible, so we focused our training on building strength and stamina, doing virtual home workouts together whenever we could.”
Victoria Micó Egea, the first Spanish woman to row the Atlantic, adds: “The coronavirus pandemic has truly emphasised the social inequalities faced by many, and we're prouder than ever to be supporting charities that have proven invaluable to countless people during lockdown.”
Brittany Staniforth, who worked as a doctor at Bradford Royal Infirmary during the pandemic, says: “We are feeling more committed than ever to raise as much money as we can for our four chosen charities, which we couldn’t do without the amazing generosity of our sponsors and supporters.”
Commenting on the support they have received, Roger Staniforth adds: “We have a range of brilliant and diverse corporate sponsors from companies both small and large that range from local firms on our doorstep, to businesses on the other side of the world. We cannot thank our sponsors and supporters enough for their encouragement and enthusiasm, and the vital funds they have helped to raise for worthy causes.”
Generation Gap departs for La Gomera on 12 December 2020. Follow the team’s progress on Instagram: @atlanticgenerationgap Facebook: Generation Gap, and Twitter: @GenerationGap_4
For more information, visit: https://atlanticgenerationgap.com/