If preparing for a 3,000-mile charity row across the Atlantic wasn’t stressful enough for Hannah Lawton and Lauren Morton discovering their boat’s trailer had a flat tyre just as they were packing to set off on the start of their epic adventure was a definite stroke of bad luck.
Fortunately RAC patrol team manager Mark Warren was called to save the day at the Bristol yard where the final preparations were being made. On checking out the situation further Mark discovered not only did the boat – named Sedulous – have a flat but also that the spare was not in good enough condition to be fitted.
Realising the magnitude of what the pair were trying to achieve Mark arranged for the RAC to pick up the bill for the tyres and broke the good news to Hannah and Lauren.
Hannah, 24, and Lauren, 23, who both attend the University of the West of England, are taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Race to raise money for Myton Hospice and Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, in aid of their friend Eleanor Rose Ellis who sadly lost her battle with cervical cancer on 12th May 2012.
The race, which starts from La Gomera, Tenerife, in December and finishes at the English Harbour, Antigua, is considered as one of the toughest challenges in the world. The pair expect to be rowing constantly in two-hour shifts for around 60 days and will be competing against 20 other teams from across the globe.
Hannah said: “We had just towed the boat back to Bristol from Christchurch in Dorset the day before so were very lucky that we made it home safely. The RAC and Mark have been absolutely fantastic and thanks to them we were able to set off as planned at 7am for a four-and-a-half-hour drive to Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex for the journey to Tenerife and some final training.
Whilst european breakdown cover might not help Hannah and Laura on their row across the Atlantic, if you're heading into Europe this winter don't get caught out abroad.
We wish them both good luck!