The Noarsmen Atlantic Row

The Noarsmen

In December 2023, Team Noarsmen will be rowing across the Atlantic ocean to raise money for Young Minds UK.

We will row 3000 miles unsupported in a Rannoch R25 Ocean rowing boat. Using absolutely no sail or propulsion and only the strength in our arms and legs we will be aiming to be the fastest pairs team to land in Antigua.

Starting in La Gomera and ending in Antigua, we will face severe sea sickness, sleep deprivation, salt sores and some very sore bums! The race is dubbed as the toughest rowing race in the world and will require us to row 2 hours on, 2 hours off for the duration of the race.

The Team

Simon Floyer

About 7 years ago, Simon started obsessing about rowing this race. Putting himself completely out of his comfort zone and achieving something remarkable is the ultimate aim. At 15 he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, lost close to a third of his body weight, and was told that he wouldn’t be able to follow a normal way of life. The next 25 years have been about proving the doctors wrong and so here he is, signed up to the world toughest rowing race. The secondary aim has developed out of his career after seeing the impact the pandemic has had on children and teens mental health. It has wreaked havoc and has led to him deciding to commit to raising money for an amazing charity.

Compulsory play list song – Louis Armstrong – What a wonderful world

Sander Palmqvist

Rowing this race is a recent objective of Sander’s after having been persuaded by Simon. Sander grew up having a fear of open water however, a determination to face his fears, push his body and mind beyond his limits, and maintain a passion for wellbeing, sports and exercise, have always been defining traits of Sander’s character. As a teacher, Sander has witnessed first-hand the impact that the pandemic has had. In particular, it’s effect on children and young adults’ mental health. Therefore, when given the opportunity to raise money for YoungMinds, a charity which aids others in recovering from the pandemic, what once seemed like a tough decision to make, became a very easy one. Sander is looking forward to challenging himself and sharing this experience with his own students and anyone else watching. He wants to show how anything is possible given the right mindset, attitude and dedication.

The Charity

 So why YoungMinds? No one predicted the pandemic that would ravage our way of life and subsequently out mental health. We have seen first hand the impact lockdowns and isolation from friends has had on children and their mental health. YoungMinds will be leading the charge to support our children, giving them a voice, whilst we battle through the aftermath of these difficult times. YoungMinds is helping to brighten the light

So if you fancied donating to this fabulous charity and help the youth of today get the support they need and deserve then please donate! People often talk about how getting to the start line is just as difficult as the row itself requiring the team to raise in excess of 100,000 pounds! 

https://linktr.ee/TheNoarsmen

Donations

  • mrs m bathgate 
    • £50 
    • 8 mos
  • Natalie Whittall 
    • £20 
    • 8 mos
  • Alex Holbourne 
    • £50 
    • 12 mos
  • Harriet Nash 
    • £15 
    • 15 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £15 
    • 15 mos
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Organizer

Simon Floyer 
Organizer
Haywards Heath, UK