We’ve had some good news this month – we have a headline sponsor!
Henley Business School have signed up to work with us on a research project focusing on developing individual and team resilience over time. The project will consider both physical and psychological health as well as nutrition. Henley researchers will be following our training, tracking performance and resilience markers and documenting performance during the race itself.
Alongside the money, which is critical as we get towards the sharp end of the project, the partnership with Henley fits beautifully with our desire to raise money for mental health charities and awareness of mental health issues. We couldn’t pass up the opportunity to be part of a research project to better understand the effects of rowing an ocean on our psychological and physical health.
From Henley’s perspective, this research offers the opportunity to investigate resilience in a different setting. Resilience is a key characteristic of high-preforming leaders and teams in the workplace and by working with us throughout our preparations and during the race, they hope to gain a better understanding of a resilience model where cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, metabolic, cognitive and emotional health are clearly linked in their contribution to sustained high performance.
While there’s still plenty of fundraising to be done, the partnership with Henley takes us one step closer to the start line.
Elsewhere, meanwhile, records have been tumbling during the current race. Thanks to a combination of strong winds and some phenomenal rowing, the Four Oarsmen obliterated the World Record for a fours crew, becoming the first people to row the Atlantic in under 30 days, while an extraordinary effort from solo rower Mark Slats saw him cross the finish line in under 31 days.
While both these boats are of different design to ours, being much more efficient in the wind (of which more in the next blog) to row that hard for that long is frankly awe inspiring.
Meanwhile, 19 year old Oliver Crane became the youngest to row the ocean solo, another brilliant achievement. I’m not sure what I was doing at 19, but I’m pretty sure I wasn’t thinking of rowing an ocean. Just extraordinary!