Northumbria Police officer to take on world’s toughest rowing race

Sean McGuigan and Andy Warner on the boat that they will be rowing across the Atlantic.

Sean McGuigan and Andy Warner on the boat that they will be rowing across the Atlantic.

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A Northumbria Police officer is preparing to take on the world’s toughest rowing race in aid of two charities.

Sean McGuigan will be joined by Basingstoke truck driver Andy Warner, to take on the The Taliska Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, which will see them row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from La Gomera to Antigua to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Society and St Clares Hospice.

The duo will set off on their estimated 50 to 60 day journey on December 15 and will row a gruelling 24 hours a day between them in two hour shifts, competing against 20 other crews.

Sean said: “Preparation at the moment is all about the boat. We have a lot of equipment and supplies that need to be stored for the duration of the challenge so we’re busy getting the boat stocked up now.

“We’re also busy gathering expertise on how to manage the boat – it will only be the two of us so it’s imperative we know what to do if something goes wrong.”

The boat had been in the north east up until last week but has now been transported to Basingstoke to assist with fundraising events in Andy’s hometown.

It will then be shipped to the challenge start point of La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, at the end of this month.

Andy and Sean are looking to raise another £7,000 to reach the £100,000 target and have a number of fundraising events in place to do that.

A formal ‘send off’ dinner is being held on Friday, October 16, at Blaydon Rugby Club to raise funds. The night will include a live band, prizes, three course meal and will include an appearance and talk from ex Newcastle footballer Malcolm – Supermac – Macdonald.

To sponsor the duo, visit www.crowdfunder.co.uk/thriftenergyatlanticchallenge