This year's nutcase

In an effort to increase his winter mileage club member Richard Smallman-Smith has gone to the unusual lengths of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Even more unusually his wife Helena is in the crew as well.

Along with 17 other crews they have entered The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2011, which is scheduled to start on Sunday, 4th December 2011 just outside the harbour of San Sebastian de La Gomera, a small island just west of Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

The finish is just outside Port St Charles, Barbados, some 2,549 nautical miles away as the petrel flies. They are rowing a big cat not a bird so the actual route will be up to 1,000nm longer, as they will initially head south to pick up the trade winds, and they are also likely be blown backwards from time to time.

They are doing so in aid of St Mungo's and the Huntington's Disease-Association.

To visit their website and follow their progress click here

Team Tiger is "Dream It Do It" on the race chart, to view click here

Last year club member Dave Hosking's crew set a world record for a trans Atlantic row
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