An ‘Oarsome’ Accomplishment!
The power of social media was put to great effect on Monday evening to share the wonderful moment when four friends from the RGS Class of 2006 reached Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua. Their official time was 39 days 07 hours 41 minutes so it may be less than impossible to crack their future six-digit passcodes, for this is a genuine lifetime achievement for the boys that will live long in the memory.
Ewan Bell, James Protherough, Jon Merotra and Ed Wilson forged their friendship at the School and especially on the Flagge Meadow playing fields. The notion of spending almost seven weeks in cramped, uncomfortable quarters undertaking gruelling hard work on an unforgiving ocean would test the strongest of bonds, so it was fabulous to see them step onto dry land and celebrate as a team.
They were met by family and friends who had flown to the Caribbean to await the arrival of these modern-day adventurers. It was an understandably emotional reunion captured on camera for friends, family, supporters and school friends located around the world.
As part of the welcome reception, they were asked a few questions and their answers are worth sharing:
At this point the interviewer wisely let the boys rejoin their loved ones. The party was undoubtedly going to last long into the night with countless tales to be told. It really will take time for the magnitude of their achievement to sink in.
With more than £109,000 raised for charities and their place assured in the history books of RGS, everyone at the School wishes them a well-deserved rest. We look forward to welcoming Jon, Ed, Ewan and James back to the School to inspire the current pupils. If ever there was an example needed of RGS grit, friendship, dedication and teamwork this is it because the challenge required them to be Resolute, Gracious, Selfless, Willing (RGSW).
Well done guys and enjoy the luxuries of land and savour the flight back over the Atlantic.