Tobermory RNLI welcome ocean rower – and then leave him hungry

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Tobermory RNLI welcomed ocean rower Andy Hodgson who is rowing solo around Britain when he arrived in Tobermory - but then left him hungry.

Coxswain David McHaffie and Volunteer Crew Iain 'Ogg' Mackenzie with charity ocean rower Andy Hodgson

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Coxswain David McHaffie and Volunteer Crew Iain 'Ogg' Mackenzie with charity ocean rower Andy Hodgson

Andy is attempting the first solo circumnavigation of Britain by manpower alone and he is raising money for the RNLI and the mental health charity, MIND. He is using a Rannoch R15 off shore rowing boat measuring just 7 metres from bow to stern. Andy is living onboard 24 hours a day and carrying all the provisions required for the trip. He is stopping only to eat, sleep and shelter from any storms. He will not be stepping back on dry land until the challenge is over.​​

On hearing that Andy was rowing around Mull, Tobermory RNLI sprung into action to welcome him into the bay. Having been donated a fish supper from the Pier Café and carrying a bottle of Pusser’s Navy Rum, Coxswain David McHaffie and Volunteer Crew Iain ‘Ogg’ Mackenzie went out to greet Andy in his rowing boat as he rowed into Tobermory Bay. Sadly as he is self sufficient for the journey, he had to decline both the fish supper and the bottle of rum – although he did ask for the latter to be posted to his finish line.

Tobermory RNLI’s Coxswain David McHaffie said: ‘Andy is undertaking a huge challenge, especially for someone who had never set foot onto a rowing boat until last year. He is raising money for two great causes: the RNLI and MIND. We’re so sorry that he wasn’t able to accept our hospitality tonight but we wish him well for the rest of his journey and we will make sure that the bottle of rum reaches him when he steps ashore.’

You can follow Andy's Round Britain Row via https://www.facebook.com/roundbritainrow/

Notes to editors

For further information, please contact Dr Sam Jones, Tobermory RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager on 07747601900 or Gemma Macdonald, Regional Media Officer for Scotland on 07826 900639.

Ocean rower Andy Hodgson raising money for the RNLI and MIND

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Ocean rower Andy Hodgson raising money for the RNLI and MIND

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