UK crew aim to take new world speed record and help those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
In June 2017, a British crew, Indian Ocean 17, will be setting off from Western Australia to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean in a 27-foot-long ocean rowing boat. Once they leave shore, they will be on their own in the vast open ocean and at the mercy of the elements. Powered only by their oars, the boat they will call home for anything between 65 and 85 days will have to provide everything they will need to survive. Rowing in 2 hour shifts and then resting for 2 hours, no member of the crew will have more than 90 minutes sleep at a time. It will be an enormous mental and physical challenge.
The reason for this incredible endurance challenge is to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease (YOPD).
One of the Indian Ocean 17 crew has YOPD and the consequent media coverage surrounding the event is expected to provide the crew with the ideal platform to achieve this objective and hopefully inspire others with YOPD to find their own challenge, take up exercise and to keep moving.
It’s also hoped that they might set a new world speed record along the way…