Barfleur is virtual destination for Lyme oarsmen

Rowers will attempt 208 mile trip to France - without leaving their boathouse

GIG club rowers and members of the lifeboat crew in Lyme Regis are in training for a Channel crossing with a difference.

As part of the RNLI’s SOS fund raising day on January 28 the crews are combining their efforts to row 208 miles – the distance to Barfleur in France and back – although they won’t actually be leaving the lifeboat station.

Four rowing machines will be used in the boathouse, or on the slipway, weather permitting for the virtual journey.

Gig club captain Henry Barlow said: “Each machine should cover around seven miles an hour so the rowers, regardless of experience, should be travelling 28 miles every 60 minutes.”

Barfleur was chosen as the virtual destination because negotiations are under way for Lyme Regis to be twinned with the picturesque Normandy port.

Anyone can take part in the sponsored rowathon – called Sculls On Slipway – and advice on using a rowing machine will be given by Henry Barlow.

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Hot refreshments will be available, and the event starts at 12noon on January 28.

Further details and sponsorship forms are available on 07769655362.