WOUNDED VETERANS COMPLETE EPIC ROWING CHALLENGE
A team of wounded armed forces veterans completed an epic rowing challenge to the Isles of Scilly on Sunday.
The former servicemen were rowing the Help for Heroes gig Valiant which was built as part of the Great Big Cornish Gig Project at the National Maritime Museum's workshop in Falmouth.
The project was launched in June last year to enable wounded, injured and sick serving and veteran forces personnel to train in boatbuilding skills, build a gig and row it to the Isles of Scilly, where a Help for Heroes charity team will compete in the World Pilot Gig Championships at the end of the month.
The gig set off from Falmouth on 2nd April on the first leg of an eight-stage journey on which the crew encountered some difficult conditions in the vagarious April elements.
Fortunately the team received the break in the weather they hoped for to complete the final and most gruelling leg, the crossing from Sennen to Tresco, which they accomplished in just under 8 hours.
Crew member Huw Ingram told BBC Spotlight, It’s a real celebration of what’s happened over the past nine months and the culmination of a project that has meant so much to an awful lot of people'.
The Great British Cornish Gig Project is core funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant scheme and supported by armed forces charities.