Atlantic rowers visit Portfield Primary Academy

Tilly West tries on a life jacket with the help of Neal Marsh, who with Bastien Leclair is sailing the atlantic. Picture by Kate Shemilt C130847-2
Tilly West tries on a life jacket with the help of Neal Marsh, who with Bastien Leclair is sailing the atlantic. Picture by Kate Shemilt C130847-2

ROWERS undertaking to row the Atlantic visited school children to tell them about their challenge.

Members from Team Atlantic Splash held an assembly at Portfield Primary Academy.

The all-male team is taking part in The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December.

As well as talking about their planned adventure, they gave children the chance to see the boats they will use for themselves.

Neal Marsh, who is part of Team Atlantic Splash alongside Bastien Leclair, said: “It was fantastic to be invited along to Portfield Primary Academy to give this assembly.

“We always like talking about our challenge and it’s even better that it fits in with the pupils’ learning programme for this term.”

The team will set off from the Canary Islands on December 2, marking the start of their 3,000 mile journey to Antigua.

They are likely to face tropical storms and 50-foot waves as well as physical and mental exhaustion as they co-habit in a vessel less than ten metres long, rowing in a continuous two-hour shift pattern.

The assembly fitted perfectly into this term’s theme: water.

Head teacher Daryl Power said: “I’m delighted our pupils were given the opportunity to meet the team and see their boat.

“It was interesting for them to learn about the voyage, it has certainly brought their learning to life. I would like to thank the team for giving up their time, explaining the challenges they will face as they row.

“The children were really excited, it was definitely an assembly with a difference.”