“Every day is a new day. It is better to be lucky. But I rather be exact. Then when luck comes you are ready.”
Ernest Hemingway – The Old Man and the Sea
The sea may be a beauty and filled with wonders, but it can bear unknown dangers within. Seafarers around the world face these challenges every day again. Drawn in by they beloved sea, one lives up to it every day anew. However, misfortunes occur and it is our responsibility to help – each and every one.
The pleasures of sailing offshore and cruising on a yacht are various. However, the seawaters and its infinite blue offer more than just great views. For every enjoyed moment on sea, there will be also a moment filled with hardship.
An Unattempted Challenge
The Mission to Seafarers has made it its credo to support the women and men out on the waters. Being the world’s largest international maritime welfare charity, the Mission set out to venture into new waters – the waters of Singapore’s immediate surrounding, quite literally speaking. No one has ever attempted to row around the island of Singapore – especially not within one day. However, that exactly was the endurance challenge the charity set out to accomplish. The goal was clear and highly ambitious: 2 boats, 12 oars and 140 km in 24 hours.
34 rowers took on the challenge – but not unprepared. Nine long months of training helped the ambitious women and men to get in shape for their attempt. It needs to be said though, that the rowers aren’t professionals on the water, but are bankers and lawyers in the maritime industry for the most part. Besides it being a personal challenge, the charity event aimed to raise impressive S$750.000.
Starting from Sentosa Island, the rowers were supported in style. Clubvivre and the Mission to Seafarers organised, together with Royal Albatross and other sponsors, a send-off event that eased the beginning of this ambitious attempt. Invited guests, family and friends sailed and cheered alongside the rowers for about three hours. Fuelled by motivation, support and a mutual goal, the rowers were in the best position to reach their target.
Speakers from the Mission and guests voiced not only their support for the rowers, but also for the hidden communities out on the seawaters. Whether pirates around the Horn of Africa, a shipwrecked boat out on the ocean or a crew in need just offshore – the reasons to support are various. Guest speaker Pete Ross is a former Royal Marine and has sailed around the world himself. Highlighting both the need for care and the joy of these charity events, Ross notes that “the Mission RASI is a fantastic challenge in support of a fantastic organisation. Open water rowing is hard and to set yourself the challenge to row 140 km is very impressive, doing it in 24 hours is even more impressive.”
Every glass throughout the send-off event was in support of the Mission and the seafarers. Clubvivre, Royal Albatross and other sponsors played their part in background, whereas the rowers were the heroes of the day. The event itself helped to raise S$50.000 alone, amounting to a total of S$500.000 for the Mission.
Another guest made the reasons for his support very clear – ‘seafarers are the unsung heroes of commercial shipping business, therefore it is important that the Missions supports in all kinds of ways.”
Witnessing a truly unique charity event, Bon Vivant and Clubvivre were glad to have been a part of it. After 23 hours and 15 minutes the goal was reached and the mission accomplished.