Wallis specialises in shipping difficult to handle cargo and for that reason was selected by Burnham-on-Crouch adventurer Charlie Pitcher and Norfolk sailors James Croome and Oliver Back to transport two rowing boats worth £53,000 across the North Atlantic Ocean to La Gomera in the Canary Islands, in time for the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race.
The boats, which were built and stationed at Burnham-on-Crouch, had highly sophisticated equipment on board and were purpose built between 2005 and 2009 for crossing the Atlantic. Wallis Shipping managed the loading, securing and transportation of the boats from Felixstowe, where they will take just seven days for a container ship to reach the Canary Islands.
At the time one of the rowers James explained: “The race starts on December 6 and is renowned as the most gruelling there is. Oliver and I will be rowing in one boat and Charlie will be going solo in the other. We will be covering almost 3,000 miles spending two months on the water until we reach the English Harbour in Antigua. This is the first time we have ever taken part in a rowing race but we couldn’t resist the challenge and have spent the last two and a half years raising enough sponsorship to make our dream come true.
“It is vital that our boat arrives safely which is why we chose Wallis Shipping as they were highly recommended. We are hoping to raise over £30,000 for The Multiple Sclerosis Society, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and Addenbrooke’s Hospital by completing the race. We have received sponsorship and are also self-funding the initiative, but we are still around £10,000 short. We are appealing to any local businesses interested in supporting us to come forward and help us achieve our goal.”
Stuart Gregory, Managing Director of Wallis Shipping said: “We were honoured to have been chosen for this project. To raise such a large amount for both local and national charities is no mean feat, and we are pleased to be involved in such an amazing journey. We took great care of the boats to ensure that they were there to start the race in good time “