Ex-marine Richard Allen is set to take on his biggest challenge yet, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. His journey will see him cover over 3000 miles from West Africa to South America leaving Freetown in Sierra Leone, and arriving in Georgetown, Guyana.
Richard has served in some of the most extreme, hostile, and remote places on earth, including jungles, deserts and the Arctic – but admits this will be his biggest challenge yet.
Branded the ‘commonwealth row‘, the row is a solo unsupported journey with the aim of raising awareness of the commonwealth and promoting education for children in Sierra Leone.
One of the main aims of the row, is to get schools from around the Commonwealth engaged with the importance of the Commonwealth and to work with partners like the WWF to educate children and combat the increase of plastics in the Oceans.
Setting off in December 2018, Richard will set sail on his three-month journey in his purpose, hand-built 7.3 metre boat made from carbon. His anticipates the row to take around 2-3 months facing 30ft waves, severe sleep deprivation and total isolation.
Harsh weather has kept all previous attempted crossings far from this region of the Atlantic.
Richard is looking to donate funds and raise awareness for the Commonwealth Ex-services League; who come from all over the Commonwealth, a million from Canada; 2.5 million from the Indian sub-continent; from South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, the Caribbean, the Far East and from across Africa. He’s also looking to raise funds for the charity Street Child which started working in Sierra Leone in 2008 when it was then the poorest nation in the world having only recently recovering from a devastating civil war. Now Street Child works throughout Sierra Leone supporting the country’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach children to go to school and learn.
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