Catherine Larner |

Wrekin Rowers: from indoor rowing to the Atlantic

Four rowers from Shropshire are training for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge later this year. Catherine Larner finds out more

They’re probably as far away from the sea as they can be and their experience of rowing has largely been in a gym, or as scratch crews in the Celtic fixed-seat, sweep oar longboat, but four men from Shropshire have set their hearts on rowing the Atlantic.

They’re all in their sixth decade, one of them is partially sighted, another only recently took up rowing to make up the numbers and they signed up to undertake the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2021 in the midst of a global pandemic.

It meant delivery of their boat was delayed, courses for the qualifications required by the race organisers have been repeatedly postponed and they have had only rare occasions in between lockdowns to meet and train together.


“We’re stubborn fools really,” says their skipper Stuart Shepherd (Skip). “But why would we give up because we had a few challenges to overcome?”


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