Brothers ready for Atlantic rowing challenge

Broar boat 2

Three Scots will set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands this Thursday. 

9th December 2019 by Gavin Stuart 0 Comments

A Scottish trio are hoping to become the first three brothers to row across an ocean in aid of charity.

Jamie, Ewan and Lachlan MacLean will set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on Thursday before rowing almost 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to the Caribbean island of Antigua – a journey that will take between 40 to 60 days.

The brothers have been training with endurance athlete Chloë Lanthier ahead of their expedition, and hope to raise more than £250,000 for the charities Feedback Madagascar and Children First.

Jamie, 26, said the plan was first hatched during a late-night conversation over a bottle of Talisker.

The Glasgow School of Art student said: “We live by the mantra that you should always do sober what you say you’d do drunk. Although that philosophy has made me do some pretty stupid things in the past, this is a challenge unlike anything I’ve ever considered before.

“Mentally and physically, we’ll go to places we’ve never even dreamed of. But it will be worth it for the chance to have an experience which will be a defining moment in our lives, to make our friends, family and the people of Scotland proud, and to make a real and lasting difference to two incredible charities.”

The brothers, rowing as Team Broar, will burn 30,000 calories per day between them and deal with sleep deprivation, hallucinations, 40 foot waves and shark infested waters. To help them through tough times, they will be bringing a harmonica, ukulele and a set of bagpipes.

Their father, author and whisky expert Charles Maclean, said: “While you’re dancing, drinking and being merry over the Christmas period, the boys will be rowing. Although they’ll be stuck with freeze-dried turkey on Christmas Day, I’ve made sure they can at the very least enjoy a dram on Christmas Day, so I’ve given them a very special bottle from my collection.

“From a young age, they’ve always gravitated towards the outdoors and marched to the beat of their own drum. This is no different. There’s nothing quite like being told your sons have decided to take on a challenge that most people wouldn’t dream of, to make a real difference to the lives of others. And what’s most special for me as a father is the fact they’ve chosen to do it together.”

Anyone wishing to donate can do so via the Team Broar website. The brothers will be posting updates on their challenge via their social media pages.