Rowers Setting Off On Scilly To Sennen Surfboat Challenge

Three of the rowers, Paula Bright, Ruth Creamer and Tina Pascoe.

Three of the rowers, Paula Bright, Ruth Creamer and Tina Pascoe.

Four women are setting off from St Mary’s at midday on what they hope will be the first crossing from Scilly to Sennen in a surfboat with sliding seats.

Paula Bright, Ruth Creamer, Alice Bane and Tina Pascoe are all members of the Perranporth Surf Lifesaving Club and they’re aiming to raise £5,000 for their club and Cancer Research.

The team – two doctors, an occupational therapist and a physiotherapist – all work in healthcare in Cornish hospitals.

They’d originally planned to make the crossing on Monday, but the conditions weren’t suitable, so they went back to Cornwall and returned to the islands yesterday.

They say they’ve taken the week off work to give them extra flexibility and are much more confident about making the crossing today.

They’ve been training together for over a year, but have never rowed the full 50km distance to the mainland. “It’s a long way,” they said, adding that “it doesn’t matter how fit you are, it all comes down to mental grit and teamwork.”

The rowers have been averaging 5mph in training and are aiming to complete the crossing in 6 to 8 hours.

But they said they’re prepared for longer and joked, “it doesn’t get dark until 11pm at the moment.”

The team says the support they’ve received from locals on the islands has been fantastic with lots of people in the know giving advice, such as warnings about the currents around the Eastern Isles, which will be tough in the first hour.

They also appreciate the help they’ve received from the Steamship Company who transported their boat for free and helped with the costs going back and forth.

They’re leaving from St Mary’s Harbour at noon today and you can support them here.