James Caird Sponsored Row-A-Thon

STOP PRESS In order to get fit and help raise awareness of global warming in Antarctica at the same time the ReQuest2021 team have set up another seemingly “impossible” challenge. Over a duration of 8 months the aim is to grow the ReQuest2021 Rowing Team to a level where we can all jointly complete a full Circumnavigation Of Antarctica. We are using the Saildrone project for inspiration. Back on 3rd August, 2019, an unmanned Saildrone 1020 completed a 13,670-mile journey around Antarctica in search of carbon dioxide. It was world’s first autonomous circumnavigation of Antarctica. The Saildrone collected and transmitted a range of data on weather, seal and krill populations, and levels of carbon dioxide, CO2, in the air and water. Until recently, scientists assumed that the Southern Ocean steadily absorbed large volumes of CO2 from the atmosphere — a big contributor to the entire ocean’s uptake of up to 40 percent of the greenhouse gases driving global warming. However, scientists also knew shifts in winds and circulation around Antarctica could alter CO2 uptake from the atmosphere, and recent measurements from instrumented Argo floats showed that under certain conditions the Southern Ocean could emit CO2 instead of absorbing it. (Source: www.noaa.gov/news/saildrone-is-first-to-circumnavigate-antarctica-in-search-for-carbon-dioxide)


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


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
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If you’d like to give £5 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text REQUESTROWNOINFO 10 to 70450

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