Row the Indian Ocean – Live Broadcasts

Live interactive broadcasts with the rowing team as they travel across the Indian Ocean

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Row the Indian Ocean will see four courageous men – one of whom has been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease – row 3,600 nautical miles across the Indian Ocean to raise awareness of, and money for three charities – Parkinson’s UK, Clear Trust and RAFT.

The row will be non-stop and unassisted in an attempt to break the current world record.  The crew will take it in turns to row two hours on, two hours off, day and night.  They have a three-month supply of freeze-dried food packages and a desalinator that turns sea water into drinking water. Fewer than 20 crews have successfully completed the crossing and there have been many more failed attempts.

During their incredible trip, the crew will talk about some of the challenges and dangers they face, as well as encourage the kids to get interested and inspired in topics such as oceanography, geography, meteorology, marine life and conservation.

This is the first time ever that an event such as this has been done from an ocean rowing boat. 
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About Row the Indian Ocean

Only half of the crews who have attempted to cross the Indian Ocean have been successful. The quartet will start their journey in Exmouth, Western Australia and row 3,600 nautical miles in a 29-foot long ocean rowing boat, until they reach their destination in Port Louis, Mauritius. The crew will be unsupported and once they leave Western Australia they will be on their own, at the mercy of the elements and vast open ocean.

The journey is likely to be fraught with many dangers and discomforts. Sleep deprivation and exhaustion are real concerns, especially as they will be rowing non-stop day and night in a 2 hour on 2 hour off shift pattern. Extreme weather conditions and temperatures could hamper their challenge, and then there are other dangers that are less obvious such as passing tankers, whales and sharks – all of which could inflict severe damage or even sink the boat. Because there is no support crew, the men must also deal with any health issues – salt sores, blisters, infections – and boat or equipment failures themselves.

Much of their success will be dependent on the weather systems they encounter on route. In 2014 a crew of four, who had intended to make land in Mauritius, found themselves being pushed North by a large weather system and ended up in the Seychelles, adding another 800 miles on their journey. This is a huge worry especially when you only have a limited food supply. The current system that dominates the Indian Ocean should push the boat in the right direction towards Mauritius, and the prevailing winds for that time of year are expected to work in their favour.

Of course, the weather is unpredictable so the team will have a weather router in the UK to keep an eye on things, and assess how it might impact their journey. Their average speed will be in the region of 2-3 knots so they will not be able to navigate any large meteorological event. Having regular updates will ensure they put themselves in the best possible position at the speeds they will be travelling.

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