Who are Mike and Jim and what are they doing?
Former Army officers, Mike Tierney (47) from Linlithgow and James Moloney (46) from Oxford are to row the 670km from Newcastle to Denmark in August 2015. The trip could take up to two weeks depending on weather conditions. They are trying to raise £20,000.00 for four deserving charities. Neither are strangers to adventure with Mike having made several kayak trips across the Irish Sea from Northern Ireland to Scotland and James competing successfully in the Devizes to Westminster 125 mile endurance canoe race. Mike was commissioned into the King’s Own Scottish Borderers after having served with the Parachute Regiment which was also James’ Regiment. With this background and months of hard training behind them and some tough sessions ahead they feel that they will be physically and mentally prepared for the challenge that awaits them.
Why are they doing it?
Having both recently lost loved ones to cancer they wish to raise funds to assist in the early detection, treatment and care for those who suffer by supporting the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, Marie Curie and Macmillan. Additionally they wish to support their former colleagues from the Armed Forces and their families by raising funds for SSAFA.
How you can help
All donations through the website www.virginmoneygiving.com/michaelrowtheboatashore go directly to and are split equally between the four charities. Sponsorship is being sought for assistance with the servicing and maintenance of essential safety features. If you can help in any way and would like to get involved and have your name emblazoned on the boat and the rowers clothing please call Mike on 07748 986495 or mikeandjim(at)northsearow.com
How the RFYC is helping
We are more than happy to support this rowing expedition and have given permission to member Andrew Fulton to use one of our RIBs to provide safety cover for the expedition’s sea trials and training on the Forth. The loan of our RIB is already proving to be of value.
Andrew isn’t just helping with safety cover for the training; he is accompanying the North Sea crossing in his yacht Eider. Mike and James intend to cross unsupported which means no physical contact with Eider; but Andrew, Eider and her crew are essential team members.
The RFYC Council has now agreed that as well as providing the use of the RIB, we will encourage our members to provide support with the fuel for its use during the training period.
To that aim, the club will provide an initial £20 worth of fuel, and Council members have already pledged a further £60. We will promote it on our web site, and send an email to the members asking them to contribute. The office has set up an account to manage this, and Andrew can draw from the account to top up the fuel can each time he uses it. Any donations left after training will go towards your main fund.