Our first blog post
Hi and welcome to our very first blog post! We are Nuts Over The Atlantic and during this time we hope to take you through the entire experience of four normal guys, taking on a huge challenge to raise money for men all over the world.
Let’s just start with the challenge that lies ahead of us. 3000 nautical miles across one of the most dangerous elements on our planet, just the four of us, on a tiny boat, no shower, toilet, deodorant or Nandos. Sounds so simple right? The man behind this was Sir Chay Blyth, while along with John Ridgeway, were rowing the Atlantic back in 1966. While everyone was feeling the love and partying in the swinging sixties, Sir Chay and John were riding 50 foot waves, fighting sleep deprivation and the crazy Atlantic weather for 92 days! Kudos.
So why are we doing this? Aside from the personal accomplishment and a fantastic dating profile picture for Jon, we are aiming to raise £100,000 for The Movember Foundation. These guys and gals have been doing some incredible work not only in the UK but all over the world to raise awareness towards the plight facing men’s health. Focusing on four key areas of men's health; Prostate Cancer, Testicular Cancer, Poor Mental Health and Physical Inactivity, The Movember Foundation hope to drastically reduce the numbers of men dying far too young. As four young men ourselves these are causes that we can truly get behind and before, during and after the row we will be holding events in order to achieve this fundraising goal.
Up to this point we have been preparing the necessary steps in order to gain sponsorship, get a boat and raise money for our chosen charity. It feels like we have come so far but in the grand scheme of things we have only just begun. We have visited Movember’s headquarters to meet and talk to truly inspiring people. We have taken a trip to meet Charlie at Rossiters, to see where our winning boat will be built. Plus, standing pitch side of a packed Ashton Gate stadium, during half time of a Bristol Rugby match for a Q&A with Bristol Sport. These are just a select few highlights of our experience so far and we know there will be plenty more moments to come!
Thank you for taking the time to read this and we hope you enjoy the ride along with us.
To see our mugshots and to read the pitch side Q&A article, head on over to the Bristol Sport website.