Christmas Day plans all at sea

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Christmas Day plans all at sea thumbnailThe ‘Home to Portrush’ team, attempting to become the first team from Northern Ireland to complete the ‘world’s toughest rowing race.’ Included are, from left: Luke Baker, Gareth Barton, Ally Cooper and George McAlpin. Wk49016

THERE are many ways, no doubt, of curing sea sickness.
I'm just not sure rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean - in a seven metre long boat - is the best way to do it.
But that's the reality for local man Ally Cooper who, on Tuesday, will set out from the Canary Islands with nothing but clear blue sea in front of him.
Thankfully, he won't be on his own: joining him in a specially equipped boat will be Portrush businessman George McAlpin, owner of the hugely successful Ramore Complex of bars and restaurants, Gareth Barton and Luke Baker.
Together they form 'Home to Portrush,' the sole Northern Ireland team competing in this year's Talisker Challenge, regarded as the world's toughest rowing race.
Their aim is to complete the challenge in the quickest time - it is a race after all - but also to raise as much money as possible for the Portrush Lifeboat and Willie's Orphan Fund.
“I'm not sure how the idea came about, though it might have had something to do with Ally wanting to cure his sea sickness," explained a team spokesperson.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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