Salcombe gave a warm welcome home yesterday, to two young me, Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters, who had been at sea since May, rowing across the North Atlantic, from New York to Salcombe. It’s a long way in a small boat, that’s them in the centre of the shot
There were about 200 boats out on the water to escort them into harbour, Mr uphilldowndale was amongst them.. He is easily identifiable in the photos as the only small sailing dingy in the flotilla,
He assure me he wasn’t as close to the lifeboat as he appears to be
Mrs Ogg and I joined the watching crowds on dry land, and whilst we kept our feet dry, our eyes were not; it was very moving. Tom and Lawrence, set out on this epic adventure, in memory of Tom’s Dad, Luke, who died of a brain tumour and to raise funds for The Brain Tumour Charity. They broke two world records en route, for the youngest pair to row the north Atlantic and for the distance rowed in twenty four hours
I can’t start to imagine how good a nights sleep might be after such a voyage, but I’ll bet they slept well, and that their families, especially, Tom’s mum, slept just as soundly, knowing they were home safe.
The expression on Tom’s mums face, (in the white jacket) say’s it all.
Donations can be made to The Brain Tumour Charity at Tom and Lawrence’s Just Giving page.
the press with the Royal Marines
A seaside assortment….