July 9, 2024

Netherlands to UK 2024

This week saw another crew of 12 take on the North Sea, this time rowing back to the UK from Scheveningen to Harwich.

They departed on Monday evening and enjoyed a challenging but good day of rowing on Tuesday with blue skies and fair seas.

On Wednesday, the expedition was cut short to prioritise the medical concerns of one crew member. The Coastguard was informed, and after an assessment, the RNLI were sent to provide medical care. The casualty was evacuated from the boat and taken to hospital with severe dehydration and sickness. She has since been discharged.

All crew are well and their camaraderie, team spirit and care for each other has been exemplary.

"What a thrilling adventure! We may be a bit crazy, but I am truly grateful for each and every one of you. The teamwork and camaraderie displayed during our journey was exceptional - kind, generous, encouraging, supportive, and professional. Despite the challenges we faced, including sickness the care and compassion shown by all overshadowed everything else. I would love to reunite with this amazing crew and happily row with you all again anytime and of course a pub reunion would be great. I have gained some very valuable insights from this experience, as I prepare to row across the Atlantic in 2025. This adventure served as a great reminder of the importance of having a strong team by my side." Sheila McGhee

Special thanks to the RNLI and the Coastguard for their prompt response to the situation and to everyone at Harwich Ha'Penny Pier and The Alma Inn for their unwavering support.

Roxy waiting for her crew in Scheveningen
Arrival into Harwich
A well deserved supper at The Alma Inn in Harwich
Big thanks to skipper Mark and co-skipper Ali