When you think of rowing, what first comes to mind – gently sculling through Oxford with a straw boater and a glass of pink gin? If that’s the case then perhaps you ought to think again… because if the efforts of Oardacity are anything to go by, this is an endeavour which stretches every part of one’s physical and mental fibre to breaking point.
Newly sponsored by EBC Brakes, Oardacity is a team of four aquatic adventurers who plan to row across the Atlantic Ocean with the aim of raising as much money as possible for mental health charity, Mind – an organisation of particular importance in 2020 as the Coronavirus pandemic sees mental health cases rising significantly.
Naturally, this is an extremely serious undertaking, which requires equally serious training: the team can be found out on the water at Southampton most weekends, as well as training six days a week in the gym with specialist ocean rowing coach Gus Barton. Weights, yoga, stamina improvement, it’s a holistic process – not least in preparing themselves for the solitude of being alone on the water for weeks on end: the physical exertion, the hunger and dehydration, the exhaustion and of course the sheer pressure of keeping up the momentum when all they can see is the distant horizon over the waves… it’s a complex mental challenge, which ties inextricably into their chosen causes.
As well as Mind, the team will also be raising money for the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation, a global organisation helping impoverished children mainly in Vietnam, for which funds will go directly to supporting mental health.
Setting off from La Gomera in Tenerife on December 12th, Oardacity will be entering the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000-mile race across 60-foot waves to the finish line in Antigua. The team will be following a two-hours-on, two-hours-off schedule, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week; with the wind and waves on their side, they’ll be pushing for the win in the face of incredible odds. It’s this spirit of endeavour, endurance and total refusal to compromise that resonates so strongly with our core values at EBC Brakes.
You can find out more about the team’s preparations at www.oardacity.com and by checking out their social media channels below. You can also check their progress throughout the race by downloading the YB Race app.