Round Britain Row in aid of RNLI ends in Cowes

Lifeboats News Release

Four rowers whose specially designed boat had circled Britain to raise funds for the RNLI returned on Sunday to Cowes, where the ambitious challenge all began 43 days and four hours before.


1. The Rowers near the end of their marathon row, escorted by Cowes lifeboat.

Escorting the boat into Cowes Harbour was the local lifeboat plus well-wishers on other craft. As soon as the boat was moored alongside Trinity Landing the rowers, two men and two women, were given a rousing Champagne dousing.

There was also a chance for Cowes lifeboat members to present a cheque, intended to show that the circumnavigation had raised £8,775 - although the rowers believed the final figure would be nearer £10,000.

The boat actually set out from Cowes with a six-strong international crew, but two had to leave at separate times during the row for pressing reasons. The whole circumnavigation of nearly 2,000 miles was done by super yacht captain Andy Burns, formerly from Cowes, Simone Talfauld, freelance film marketeer, from Colchester, James Scott, an electrician and a member of Plymouth RNLI lifeboat, and Mia Showell-Woodsmith, a lawyer in the City but from Australia.

A fifth rower, Liz Grant, a New Zealander who lives in Southampton and is a chief officer with Red Funnel Steamers, had to leave the boat at Aberdeen for medical reasons, but she was at Cowes to welcome her fellow rowers. The sixth rower, Roy Hubbard, an American, had to leave the boat at Skegness because of a family emergency.

The rowing boat was loaned for the event by Tom and Charlie Salt, and sponsorship came from Aquanobel, a Swedish water company.

Caption to photos:

  1. The Rowers near the end of their marathon row, escorted by Cowes lifeboat.
  2. Champagne welcome for the rowers. (picture by Nick Edwards)
  3. Giant cheque indicating just some of the money raised. (picture by Nick Edwards)

RNLI media contact

  • George Chastney, Cowes RNLI Volunteer Press Officer 07530 254052/
  • Paul Dunt, RNLI Media Regional Officer (London/East/South East) 0207 6207426/ 07785 296252/
  • For enquiries outside normal business hours, contact the RNLI duty press officer on 01202 336789

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Champagne welcome for the rowers

RNLI/Nick Edwards

Giant cheque indicating just some of the money raised

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