Rowing contest to support The Four Oarsmen

The Four Oarsmen have been training really hard to be in the best shape for the Atlantic row, which will take the best part of 40 days, starting from the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua.
The Four Oarsmen have been training really hard to be in the best shape for the Atlantic row, which will take the best part of 40 days, starting from the Canary Islands and finishing at Antigua.

A fund-raising competition to support a charity attempt to row the Atlantic is being staged this weekend.

The Four Oarsmen, aka Pete Robinson and Dicky Taylor, both Northumbrian born, as well as George Biggar and Stuart Watts, are planning to tackle the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Starting in December, the team plans to row 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean, in aid of MIND – the mental-health charity, and Spinal Research.

Land, property and business consultancy George F White – which has an office in Alnwick – has agreed to sponsor The Oarsmen’s attempt.

As part of this, a team from George F White will be going against Pete in a rowing competition at Alnwick Rugby Club on Saturday – to help raise funds and awareness of the charities.

The competition will start at 4.30pm, after the Alnwick versus Driffield match, and people are encouraged to come along and show support.

Pete – a first-team player at Alnwick and from West Ditchburn Farm, near Eglingham – said: “I’m looking forward to the challenge as it will really help to raise awareness for our Atlantic crossing and, most importantly, for two great charities.

“I hope George F White realise what they’re in for as I will not be giving up easily.”

To sponsor the team, visit www.thefouroarsmen.com