Our congratulations to Cayle Royce, Scott Blaney, Mark Jenkins and James Kayll of the Row2Recovery Talisker Atlantic Challenge 2013 team.
They crossed the Atlantic from
2791 Nautical Miles in 48days 9hrs, finishing 3rd out of 12 teams.
£20,000 raised for Help for Heroes Official so far. To donate, visit bmycharity.
Cayle used a Draft adaptive rowing seat, all OK after almost 7 weeks constant use.
On 2nd December 2013 a Row2Recovery crew of two amputee soldiers, alongside two able-bodied, will attempt to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic unsupported, to raise money for HELP FOR HEROES who work tirelessly to improve the lives of injured service personnel and their Families.
Two years ago a Row2Recovery crew with four injured servicemen, alongside two able-bodied, rowed the Atlantic raising over £1million for key military charities. The horrendous difficulties, including a crew member extracting pieces of shrapnel from his buttock, captured world attention.
Our campaign champions the extraordinary achievements of people with disabilities and inspire others with physical challenges to achieve their potential. “Beyond Injury – Achieving the Extraordinary”.
1. LCPL CAYLE ROYCE. Cayle was wounded in Afghanistan in May 2012 whilst serving as a sharpshooter with the Brigade Reconnaissance Force after he stepped on an explosive device. This resulted in above-the-knee amputation of both legs, facial scarring, multiple amputations to the fingers of his left hand and neck trauma. A keen outdoorsman and traveler before the injury, Royce is looking forward to getting back into the adventure game and proving what can be achieved despite sustaining life-changing injuries.
2. CPL SCOTT BLANEY. Scott suffered an above-the-knee amputation and soft-tissue injuries from a bomb whilst conducting operations in Afghanistan in 2007. Determined to live life to the full, Blaney successfully swam across the channel in 2009 and campaigns to raise the profile of injured service personnel.
3. CAPT MARK JENKINS. Mark serves with the Royal Army Medical Corps as a Physiotherapy Officer. “I am extremely proud to be part of such an amazing crew, helping to raise both funds and awareness of the challenges still faced daily by injured servicemen and women. I hope we can show what extraordinary things can be achieved despite injury and disadvantage.”
4. CAPT JAMES KAYLL. James serves with the Light Dragoons: “I am immensely proud that two of my crew are attempting this row following life changing injuries suffered during operations in Afghanistan. Ocean rowing is an extraordinary activity for any able-bodied person and for Cayle and Scott, the challenge will be ten times more difficult. I am full of admiration and in complete awe of their courage and determination.”
This atlantic attempt is funded by the ENDEAVOUR FUND:
“The Royal Foundation of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry is proud to support this inspirational team and their awe inspiring Atlantic Row through The Endeavour Fund. The fund was created in 2012 and seeks to help our nation’s wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women to achieve their ambitions in the world of sporting and adventurous challenge”.
In a written letter of support for the Endeavour Fund, His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales stated:
“My comrades-in-arms across the Armed Forces are fighters by definition, fighters by nature. The Endeavour Fund aims to reignite that fighting spirit, and inspire those who have served their country to go on and achieve great things.”
“This team is following in the footsteps (or indeed strokes) of the Row to Recovery team who successfully rowed the Atlantic in 2011. The charity that was created as a result of that amazing feat is also proud to be supporting this event and has donated the original boat, Sea Legs, and has gracefully renamed it Endeavour in recognition of the strong partnership with Row to Recovery and The Endeavour Fund”.