The Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge

As part of its 125th year celebrations Gaby Hardwicke decided to get behind a special local cause. After much consideration, we chose to sponsor a Bexhill rowing duo in a charitable endeavour and the Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge was born.

Phil McCorry and Dan Renner are expert rowers and previously Phil and his brother Nick rowed across the Indian Ocean as part of a four-man team. Their feat set a world-record time and the brothers were awarded Bexhill’s highest civic honour in recognition. Nick McCorry was due to take part in the Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge but was forced to withdraw, whereupon Dan, a long-time member of Bexhill Rowing Club, stepped in as a very able replacement.

In the Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge, Phil and Dan took up the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for St Mary’s Special School & College, Bexhill. Though supported by a skilled shore-side team, it was just Phil and Dan attempting the crossing in a two-man vessel. This meant they each had to alternately row for 12-16 hours, far longer than the stints required in the Indian Ocean crossing.

On 10 November 2014, Phil and Dan started the challenge, setting off from Gran Canaria in Spain. Despite severe storms, which threatened to derail the challenge at one point, 49 days and 3,286 miles later, on 29 December 2014, they reached the finish line at Bridgetown, Barbados. Various Sussex newspapers and the BBC TV news programme South East Today reported on their remarkable achievement.

Links to our news items on the Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge are below:

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