Solo Atlantic Rower Boat Tour

Submitted by Editor on Sun, 9 Oct '11 12.37pm

Niall Iain, who will be making a solo Atlantic rowing attempt, brings his boat to Edinburgh's Castle Street pedestrian area, just off Princes Street.

The New York to Stornoway (NY2SY) Atlantic 3,400 mile challenge ‘City Tour’ is part of Mental Health Awareness week.

Having suffered from depression himself, Niall Iain hopes to raise £100,000 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH). One in four people in Scotland will have mental health problems at some stage of their life – SAMH supports over 3000 people with mental health problems every day.

“Only 10 people have successfully rowed solo from West to East across the North Atlantic - more people have walked on the moon - and no one has ever completed the route that I am undertaking," says Iain.
“I have decided to try and get all the way back to Stornoway as I feel that the fact I am rowing home will keep me going and get me through even the most difficult times”.

The boat has a forward cabin for storage and an aft cabin, which will be Niall Iain’s living quarters for his time at sea, as well as housing his communication and navigation equipment. This is also where he will seek refuge when the weather becomes too rough to row.

The boat's vital stats:

Length: 7.2 meters
Weight: 200 kg (unloaded)
Width: 1.8 meters
Material: Carbon and Kevlar

The Challenge and Niall Iain Macdonald

An award winning TV and radio presenter, Niall Iain Macdonald is 37 years old and lives and works in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, in the Western Isles of Scotland. 

The NY2SY: Solo Atlantic Row 2012 will involve rowing for 12 hours, each day, for 3 months

The boat tour started at STORNOWAY on the 8th and continues today at INVERNESS (Falcon Square); 11th Oct ABERDEEN (St.Nicholas St); 12th Oct PERTH (The Plaza, beside Perth Concert Hall); 13th Oct EDINBURGH (Castle St pedestrian area, just off Princes St.); 14th Oct GLASGOW (Buchanan St, by Donald Dewar statue). The boat will be present at each location, between 10am - 6pm.

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