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In April of this year, two extraordinary British men will attempt to row across the Indian Ocean, from western Australia to Reunion Island, in just 50 days. Rob Abernethy and Mike Noel -Smith are hoping that the 3,800 nautical mile trip will raise £250,000 for SPARKS, a charity which funds vital research and equipment to find cures for conditions affecting babies and children, such as brain damage, cancer and bone disease. The fastest time ever recorded for this impressive challenge was 64 days, set by a Swede, Anders Svedlund in 1974. This April, Rob and Mike are aiming to re-write the record books with the help of superior nautical knowledge, technically advanced equipment and of course, dogged determination. Faced with this tough challenge, Rob and Mike have approached Transas Nautic to help them navigate their way through the world’s third largest ocean. Transas Nautic, who are one of the world’s leading navigation software manufacturers, have donated some of their most technically advanced navigation software, which will help guide the rowers through extremely demanding conditions. The equipment donated to the rowers includes the NaviGator Pro charting software system, the company’s new GPS Antenna, TaG12, a Tides and Currents module as well as a vast amount of charts. Such equipment will prove invaluable when the pair face the challenge of navigating their way across 68.556 million sq. km of ocean. Lining up to support Mike and Rob in their record attempt are a whole host of sporting ambassadors, including Tracy Edwards, Sir Steve Redgrave, Will Greenwood and Tim Foster. To find out more about how you can support this challenge or for more information please contact Mike Noel-Smith on 01981 541 064 or email For more information about SPARKS please visit

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