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Atlantic Rowing Challenge 2006

Tim Bradbury and Mike Norman


Tim and Mike have recently teamed up in an attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua in the Caribbean a distance of approximately 3000 miles. Their boat is called Fraserís Boat, it is 24 ft long and built of marine ply. This will be their home for up to 100 days and will carry all their supplies for the journey except for drinking water which will be derived from seawater using an onboard solar powered desalination unit.

Mike and Tim are 58 and 54 years old. Both are married and  have 2 and 3 grown up children respectively. Mike is an electrical engineer by profession and works for a firm of engineering consultants involved in water industry engineering whilst Tim is an educationalist specialising in the teaching of visually impaired children.

Tim and Mike both have a common interest in the outdoors particularly water sports but realise that the task they have set themselves will be the hardest physical and psychological challenge they have yet undertaken. They are determined that their journey will be a success however are realistic enough to know that things can and inevitably will go wrong along the way. They are prepared for this eventuality and will therefore be carrying safety survival, tracking and communication systems onboard plus they will rely on their ability to improvise solutions when needed. 

Their boat will be carrying an Argos tracking system therefore you will be able to track their progress throughout their journey via this website www.oceanrowing.com Their anticipated start date is 25 January 2006. If you would like to send a message of encouragement or suggestions then Mike and Tim can be contacted aboard Fraserís Boat via e-mail address:  frasersboat at mailasail dot com  ( please substitute words at and dot  with symbols @ and .) No attachments please!

You can get news updates during the crossing by visiting http://www.mailasail.com/webdiary/frasersboat

The adventure is being largely funded by the rowers themselves. However, Tim and Mike wish to raise funds on behalf of a number of international, national and local charities.

WaterAid is our international charity dedicated exclusively to the provision of safe domestic water, sanitation and hygiene education to the world's poorest people.

Macmillan Cancer Relief provides the expert care and emotional support that makes a real difference to people living with cancer. We offer a range of innovative cancer services and are at the heart of improving cancer care throughout the UK.

The Alzheimer's Society  is the leading UK care and research charity for people with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, their families and carers.

Eden Valley Hospice Eden Valley Hospice provides specialised palliative care for terminally ill patients and their families along with a wide range of vital supporting services, free of charge throughout North Cumbria.


If you would like to donate on line to any of these charities please click on the websites below. Alternatively, you could send a cheque made payable to the charity concerned to Pat Norman, 27 High Street, Barrington, Cambridge, CB2 5QX or Liz Bradbury, 3 Southfield, Burgh by Sands, Carlisle, CA5 6BT


 ● WaterAid

● Macmillan Cancer Relief http://www.justgiving.com/macmillanatlantic

 ● The Alzheimer Society http://www.justgiving.com/timbradburyalzheimers

 ● The Eden Valley Hospice http://www.justgiving.com/timbradburyedenvalleyhospice 


The following companies have donated  150 pounds or more to our selected charities.
If your company would like to donate 150 pounds or more and have their logo and link on our website
 please make your donation and email
frasersboat@mailasail.com stating the charity you have donated to

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Thanks for your donations and hope that you enjoy following Mike and Timís progress.

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