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All female rowing team launch lottery to raise funds for record attempt


Four ordinary but intrepid women plan to row 2010 miles around Britain in 2010 to raise money for the Help for Heroes charity. Nicknamed the ‘SeaGals’, the girls are inviting companies and generous members of the public to buy tickets for a unique prize draw to win the rights to their expedition as they undertake the extraordinary challenge to be the first women to row around Britain.

The prize draw, set-up to help the SeaGals raise funds for their chosen charity Help for Heroes and to ensure a safe trip, will see them raffling themselves off for £150 a ticket. The holder of the winning ticket will be awarded ‘lead sponsorship’ of the SeaGals and their expedition. Not only will the winner get to add their name to the title of the SeaGals expedition, they’ll also have the opportunity to fully brand the team’s 24ft rowing boat and their oars.

Taking part in the inaugural ‘GB Row Challenge 2010’, the SeaGals are rowing in a specially designed ocean rowing boat competing against other, all-male, crews. They will row through the treacherous waters of the English Channel, the North and Irish seas and the North Atlantic Ocean in an attempt to set a Guinness World Record by becoming the first women to row around Britain.

Expedition leader Belinda Kirk, 34, said: “This is a unique and testing challenge and we really need financial support to give us the best possible chance of success. We will be completely unaided throughout the race, which means there won’t be any back-up boats or assistance with navigation during the month long expedition. We’re urging companies and individuals to buy a lottery ticket and help us in our bid to set a World Record, undertake an unbelievable test of our own physical and mental endurance, and raise awareness and funds for Help for Heroes.”

The SeaGals have already received encouragement from some illustrious supporters. TV presenter and explorer Bear Grylls said: “This is a great challenge for a great cause and undertaken by great girls!” and explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes added: “This sounds like a really worthwhile but arduous challenge. Very good luck to your team with it and your fundraising for such a good cause.”

The race commences from Tower Bridge in London on 1 June 2010 and will take around 26 days to complete.

The ‘oarsome foursome’ includes Angela Madsen, who already holds Guinness World Records for being the first women to row across the Indian Ocean and the first disabled woman to row across two oceans, and Amy Green, one of the first all-woman team to row from London to Paris in 2008.



For more information on the prize-draw and to obtain one of only 100 lottery tickets up for grabs, please visit


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Katie Scoggins

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Notes to editors

  • This is the inaugural ‘GB Row Challenge 2010’ (aka the Anglo-American Boat Race ) – a rowing race circumnavigating Great Britain
  • The SeaGals will be rowing 2010 miles unaided and non-stop
  • The SeaGals aim to set a World Record by being the first female crew to row around Britain
  • No women have ever attempted this before
  • Only one all male crew has ever successfully rowed around Britain
  • The current World Record is held by an all-male Army crew, set in 2005. They circumnavigated Britain in 26 days, 21 hours and 14 minutes
  • In 2009 an all-male crew tried to beat the World Record but had to abort the row
  • The SeaGals crew is made up of Belinda Kirk, Angela Madsen, Laura Thomasson and Amy Green


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