FORMER Lyme Regis lifeboatman Ian Kentfield will be nearly 60 when he rows the Atlantic in March 2021.
The challenge will take him 2,650 nautical miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua in the West Indies. Rowing in a 40-foot boat specifically designed for the task named ‘Roxy’, Ian is one of a team of 12 and will be raising funds for the Ellen MacArthur Sailing Trust (EMCT).
The voyage is expected to take 35 to 40 day, rowing in a likely watch pattern of three hours on and three hours off for the majority of the crossing, with four to six rowing at any point in time.
Ian has a target of about 480 hours of rowing and hopes to raise £20,000 for his chosen charity, which supports young people who have gone through cancer treatment through sailing.
He said: “Over the last five years my family and I have personally experienced the trauma and heartache cancer causes when it comes visiting.
“One of the lessons I have taken from that experience, is that life is for living, you do not know what is around the corner, so don’t delay in reaching for your goals.
“Combined with this I firmly believe that sailing can deliver a huge positive boost to a person’s wellbeing and self-belief. So I have decided to raise funds for the Ellen MacArthur Sailing Trust (EMCT) and have set the motivational target of raising £20,000 for them.
“It is an organisation that takes young people aged between 8-24 years old on sailing trips to help rebuild their confidence after cancer treatment.
I’m a lifelong sailor and I had the privilege of crewing one of their trips last year. During it I saw first-hand the massive positive impact a trip with EMCT had on children and youngsters who are facing the ordeal of being a cancer patient.
“Please be as generous as you can. I’m going to suffer for it! Every day of training reminds me that I’m no longer a spring chicken!
“It is the adventure of a lifetime; fewer people having rowed an ocean then have climbed Everest; it is right up there on the list of crazy challenges people aspire to.”
Ian is self-funding his voyage and all money donated via his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/ian-kentfield will go direct to the charity.