RETIRED Lymm dentist John Moorhouse is preparing to embark on his next adventure – bidding to break a new world record in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge!
John, who became the 37th person in the world to climb the seven highest summits in each continent and ski to both poles is now preparing for the annual Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which departs the island of La Gomera in the Canaries to row 3,000 miles to Antigua on December 12.
Recently returning from two weeks of courses on Ocean rowing, navigation, first aid and radio communication, John will be taking part in the challenge as part of a team bidding to set a new world record.
Calling themselves the Ancient Mariners (www.ancientmariners.net) and with an average age of over 64 years they aim to set a new world record as oldest team of 4 to row across an ocean.
John said: “Many more people have climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.
“We expect to take between 45 and 55 days subject to weather that can range from mighty Atlantic gales to being becalmed.
“We will row a punishing schedule of two hours on and two hours off relentlessly around the clock. We will carry enough dehydrated meals and snacks for 60 days and make our own drinking water.”
The team is rowing for two charities – Blind Veterans in the UK and the Open Arms orphanage in Malawi where he used to live.
Meanwhile the team is actively looking for sponsors.
John added: “Our boat is a blank canvas which will have massive media exposure. We are actively looking for sponsors to join us in showcasing local businesses.”
Anyone business interested in sponsoring please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org