Rowers’ efforts raise £2,500

RNLI rowers celebrate success

RNLI rowers celebrate success

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Supporters’ efforts in rowing the equivalent of the width of the Atlantic has boosted Scarborough RNLI’s Supacat appeal by £2,500.

About 120 enthusiastic people used 30 Concept 2 rowing machines placed in the lifeboat house on April 13.

The fundraising effort was organised by Scarborough Rowing Club, which is just across Foreshore Road.

The club raised £5,000 in total and will use its half to buy more rowing machines for its growing junior membership.

“Teams alternated rowers throughout the day, so on average most people rowed for 10 minutes with a 50-minute rest before they were back rowing again,” says organiser Simon Taylor.

“The determination and cameraderie over the 12 hours was great to see.

“Although we didn’t make it across our chosen route over the Atlantic we still achieved our goal,” Simon says.

“From St John’s in Newfoundland to Bishop Rock in the Scilly Isles is 3348.5km so we did it!

“A big thank you to everyone who helped out and supported us on the day and our sponsors.”

Lifeboat operations manager John Senior added: “It was a terrific fundraising initiative from the rowing club and we are honoured that half the proceeds have gone to our Supacat appeal.”

In 2015, Scarborough RNLI’s all-weather Mersey class lifeboat Fanny Victoria Wilkinson and Frank Stubbs will be nearing the end of her operational life.

She is set to be replaced by the newest member of the RNLI fleet, a £2m Shannon class lifeboat. The Shannon needs a bespoke launch and recovery system, which is why the sum of £200,000 must be raised.