Month: March 2021


James Caird Sponsored Row-A-Thon


Our sponsored Row-A-Thon launched on Wednesday 14th April at Dulwich College with two high profile rowing machines either side of Shackleton’s famous James Caird lifeboat and lots of other rowers participating simultaneously on rowing machines remotely. The aim was to clock up 1500 kilometers (the equivalent of 800 nautical miles or 933 miles!) – the amazing distance covered by Sir Ernest Shackleton and five of his men on the Endurance expedition’s incredible boat journey.  They took 17 days to row from Elephant Island to the island of South Georgia so we set ourselves the same timescale for our event.

The Launch Event in the James Caird Hall
8 hours of continuous rowing by Scouting supporters
800 Nautical Miles from Elephant Island to South Georgia

We did it!

We completed the 800 nautical miles (1500km) in just under 17 days – precisely the same distance covered by Sir Ernest Shackleton and his men in the James Caird Lifeboat 105 years ago. A massive thanks to all our fantastic rowers with a special mention for Chris Barrow and to the Oratory School for their exceptional support.

The ReQuest2021 project team are immensely grateful to the James Caird Society and to Dulwich College for letting us launch the event at the prestigious James Caird Hall. 

The row raised a grand total of £1167.23 towards the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project so far but welcome any further donations on REQUEST FUND – JustGiving

All profits go to the Kent Scouts ReQuest2021 Antarctic Research Project.

[Kent County Scout Council. Charity Number: 303471]

A partnership project between Kent Scouts, The James Caird Society and Dulwich College.


Visit the following link to donate to the “virtual” rowing team’s efforts:

By cheque to “Kent County Scout Council” and send to Kent Scouts County Office, Lower Grange Farm, Maidstone, Kent ME14 3DA

By BACS to Kent County Scout Council, CAF Bank, Sort Code: 40-52-40 Account #: 00015563 quoting reference “Request2021”.

By TEXT – Just text REQUESTROW 10 to 70450 to donate £10
Texts cost £10 plus one standard rate message and you’ll be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone and SMS
If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text REQUESTROWNOINFO 10 to 70450

NOTE: To donate a different amount just replace the 10 with the amount you wish to donate instead

Quest Chronicle

You can follow along a day by day (almost!) account of the Shackleton-Rowett (Quest) Expedition 1921-1922.

Starting soon the Quest Chronicle will be recounting the events of the Shackleton-Rowett (Quest) Expedition of 1921-1922 as if it was happening in real time.

Quest at St. Katharine Docks September 1921

Here’s the ‘long’ and the ‘short’ of it…



Let the bidding commence!

Please join in, have a bit of fun for a good cause with our online auction.

Starts today (Saturday 20th March) at 9.30am and bidding closes next Sunday (28th March) at 9.30-pm.Some fantastic items that have all been kindly donated for our project. Take a look!


Only 300 Sleeps Till We Sail!

Hard to believe after all these years of planning that it is only 300 sleeps until we sail from South America to Antarctica now in January 2022!

The team have all now registered on the Bark Europa passenger list. We are starting to look into insurance and flights. Research Projects are taking shape. Fundraising still needs a final push but we are on track despite Covid. Watch out Antarctica – here we come!

BBC Radio Berkshire Interview

Jan Chojecki ReQuest2021 Steering Committee member interviewed on 3rd March 2021 on BBC Radio Berkshire. Jan got the opportunity to promote the project and the James Caird 24-hour Sponsored Row-A-Thon planned for April 14th/15th 2021.

Jan grew up surrounded by Antarctic paraphernalia, particularly relating to the “Quest”, being the grandson of John Quiller Rowett, who financed the expedition. His focus on the ReQuest2021 Project Steering Committee is to help coordinate all the various personal projects and group T.A.S.K. Project.

[DATE OF INTERVIEW: 3rd March 2021]

The Quest for the Silver Suitcase 2022 is finally over!

Our annual Quest treasure hunt has raised over £600 for the project.

This year’s Quest was won by Cathy & Val Mummery. Over 50 households took part and had to solve clues all over the world from the comfort of their own homes during lockdown. It all culminated in trying to find the elusive Silver Suitcase which was in finally found in the longest UK place name village of Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch!


ReQuest2021 Podcast Ep. 17

EPISODE 17 – Mon 1st Mar 2021  – An update on our project mission and our 10 project objectives plus the ReQuest interview with Angie Butler. Angie grew up in the warmer climes of sunny South Africa, her passion for the Polar   regions and travel is undimmed! Ice Tracks have featured notably in her life taking her both into the Arctic and Antarctica on many occasions. She is a writer and journalist based in the UK, author of Ice Tracks, Today’s Heroic Age of Polar Adventure and The Quest for Frank Wild, a biography of the great Edwardian polar explorer which was recently made into a BBC documentary. ICE TRACKS seemed the perfect name for the company she now runs with her business partner, Carolina. Angie heads Ice Tracks Expeditions public relations and communications. It is her aim to share the wonders of the ‘ends of the world’ with like-minded travellers.

The ReQuest2021 podcast is documenting the Kent Scouts #ReQuest2021 Research Project all the way to Antarctica and back again! Interviews, Scouting historical links, events and research project work recorded along the way. Part of Alan Noake’s Antarctic Soundscapes project.

Show Notes

ICE TRACKS Expeditions:

Ice Tracks: Today’s Heroic Age of Polar Adventure by Angie Butler

The Quest for Frank Wild by Angie Butler

Lots of Different Ways to Follow and Support The Project including our penguin badges, Antarctic Top Trumps and other merchandise…