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Sandown Bay Academy Cross Atlantic Indoor Rowing Challenge

posted 5 Oct 2015, 02:59 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 12 Oct 2015, 23:30 ]

Week beginning 12th October

Isle of Wight to Cape Race in Newfoundland, USA



The Atlantic Ocean: Total Area: 76.762 million sq km
It is slightly less than 6.5 times the size of the US

Nearest point: Total of 2,575km


Students, staff and parents of Sandown Bay Academy will next week undertake the enormous challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean on indoor rowing machines. Rowing at least 25575 kilometres over five days, this will truly test not only the fitness but also the resilience and sheer determination of all involved to prove that anything is indeed possible with the right mindset. It will also demonstrate the competitive spirit of Sandown Bay Academy student community and supporters at their very best.

The House system, PE department, staff helpers and volunteers, community partners including Shanklin rowing club will work together to face the challenge, which is anticipated to take five days of continuous daytime rowing.

The event will take place in the upstairs fitness suite of the Fairway Sports centre from Monday 12th to Friday 16th October. Money raised will go towards the Seaflex, an Island company who are supporting Syrian refugees and the Academy rowing team, in funding travel to the National Indoor rowing championships next year.

Any parent or carer who would like to support the event by rowing on an ergometer -even if only for 5 minutes! -should contact the academy to arrange a time. Anyone else taking part will be looking for sponsorship or a donation- either way support would be greatly appreciated.