A huge well done to the 457 students, staff and parents who took part in the Cross-Atlantic Challenge!
We did it!
At 9.10am on Friday 16th October the distance of the Atlantic was crossed. Well ahead of schedule, but this is not going to stop SBA students and staff. They are continuing to row to reach Nova Scotia in Canada by the end of today. Although they are getting really tired now, the atmosphere is amazing amongst the Transatlantic crew and we have been greatly heartened to see such enthusiasm to clock up those metres at every opportunity.
Well done and thank you to students, staff and parents who have contributed to this fantastic challenge. Students have embraced the challenge with high levels of enthusiasm and incredible work rate, despite the blisters and aching limbs. Lots of early morning starts and rowing into the late evening have made this challenge possible!
Another great day began bright and early Thursday morning as the staff set the pace, joined by school captain Reuben Lovell and fellow student 'early birds' . Although getting really tired now, the atmosphere is amazing amongst the Transatlantic crew and we have been greatly heartened to see such enthusiasm to clock up those metres at every opportunity. Even after a long day at the academy, students dropped in directly after school for more and our 'regulars' have certainly gone over and beyond.
It was also great to see Year 6 students and parents getting their chance to support our efforts at the open evening and by 8.45pm Thursday, we have less than 200km to go to reach Cape Race on Friday morning!
Depending how quickly we make it, the plan is to then row the 600km to prince Edward Island or better still the 933 km further to reach Nova Scotia in Canada by the early evening -staff, students and parents please come and join us!!!
Day 3 proved to be our best yet in the Transatlantic challenge, with the staff starting at 6.30am, followed by a team of 'early bird' students, before the year 7 took to their seats! Gathering momentum now It was non stop all day, with queues for each rowing ergometer. Word had got out earlier that we were slightly off the pace to hit our target by Friday- and the response could not have been better. The year 7s were amazing- working hard throughout the day and contesting closely each inter house competition. Special mention to Daniel Hope and Bradley Simmonds who found themselves rowing solo for Red House at different points in the day. When the bell rung at 3pm, the growing team of 'regulars' descended, accelerating the pace beyond all expectations for another 90 minutes and putting on a spectacular display of fitness and resilience. The teachers, many of whom are aiming for 100k each this week, arrived to offer their support and continued at a relentless pace. Just as the energy levels were dropping, reinforcements arrived in the form of parents, Shanklin rowing club members and Sports centre staff.
Such was the impact of today, we are now firmly on target - with just 714k to go to reach Cape Race in Newfoundland. With two days to go and aspirations rising, we believe -with a good wind - and the prospect of year 9 Thursday, year 6 students and parents in the evening, and finishing with the 'big guns' of year 11/ sixth form Friday we can reach Nova Scotia by Friday afternoon!.
Thank you to everyone for such an awesome effort -lets keep it up.
Over 300 students, staff, parents and members of the local community have so far taken part in the transatlantic Indoor rowing challenge which aims to travel the distance 2575 km in five days. So far we have covered 916km averaging 455km a day. Two days down, we have enjoyed two fantastic days of rowing: Students from years 8 and 10 have embraced the challenge with high levels of enthusiasm and incredible work rate, despite the blisters and aching limbs!
The droning of those ergometers can be heard from 6.45am each day and often to 8pm at night. Rowers of all ages have caught the bug. Thank you so much to everyone who has taken part so far.
However, we have the toughest part to come as we still have 1,659k to go - and need to increase our average by nearly 100k a day!
Entering day 3 and looking forward to a great day with our year 7s Wednesday- we hope to rise to the challenge. Year 9 have their turn on Thursday, year 6 on Thursday evening at our open evening and then the elders of the academy -the year 11/sixth form hopefully will finish the last leg on Friday.
If any parent can help us in our efforts - please let us know!
All taking part are asked to make at least a £1 contribution or collect sponsors. Forms are available from reception or in the Fitness suite itself. Monies raised will go towards Syria and the Academy indoor rowing team.