Why would 8 women, in their prime, row 21 miles in an 8+ across Loch Ness, the deepest in Scotland, with recent reports that ‘Nessy’ actually exists ??
The reason why …. Passionate and addicted to rowing, 8 rowing chums from Team Keane and Putney Town Rowing fuelled by their absolute belief in the fact that this sport is a wonderful medium for mental well-being, fitness, self-confidence, camaraderie and self-discipline, hatched a plan to enter the annual ‘Monster the Loch’ event and raise funds for two worthy charities.
50% of all money raised will go to the mental well-being charity MIND.
The other 50% of funds raised will go towards Team Keane Rowing Club’s charity programme; sponsoring places on rowing courses for less privileged juniors, thereby enabling them to access to what has traditionally been seen as an elite sport. We see rowing’s transformative powers as a possible key to less advantaged young people finding confidence, discipline, self-motivation and resilience.
These Brave ladies will be taking on this challenge this Saturday 28th September and we wish them all the best of luck!
We did it! We Monstered the Loch! A group of friends from Team Keane Sculling School and Putney Town Rowing Club contested the 34km Monster of the Loch race on Loch Ness, racing from Fort Augustus to Dores.
We raced in an 8+ which was very brave as the conditions are like the sea and we were quite worried that our boat could potentially sink. With that in mind we commissioned a local marine agent to design and make us a pump system. We were one of three 8+’s the other two being the GB men’s squad, and a mixed crew of ex Cambridge rowers.
It was a great challenge and race and we were the first women’s crew to finish and came 7th with a time of 2hrs 37mins 35 minutes after the men’s GB crew set a new world record with a time of 2hrs and 4mins.
The organiser Pete Wells was quite worried at one stage that he would all have to rescue all three 8+’s but we all managed to safely finish.
We thought we found Nessie but maybe not.
A huge thankyou to Pete and his crew at Row Tours for putting on such a great event. Also a big thanks to all those who sponsored us, we were raising funds for MIND a mental health charity and Team Keane’s charity which helps to fund rowing for less privileged children. Fantastic to see man powered boats of all kinds accepting the challenge, in such a beautiful part of the world.
Our Team Keane Junior Squad and coaches have worked really hard towards this event and this mornings sessions were no different with them all putting 100% into working as a team, perfecting the technique and basically getting the job done!
Tommorow they will be all heading over to the Eton Race course at Dorney Lake to compete against some of the most fierce competition in British junior rowing, going up against such rowing power schools as St Pauls and Shiplake!
Having had some very promising results last season we are eagerly looking forward to seeing how the juniors perform tommorow!