HAPPY NEW YEAR 2014 – TIME FOR ANOTHER CHALLENGE?

Team Hallin wish our main sponsors at HALLIN MARINE and indeed all our other supporters, a very happy New Year and a prosperous 12 months ahead.

We are also delighted to report on our new plans to get one of our Ocean Rowing Boats, ‘Hallin Marine 2′, back out on the water – with a North Atlantic Record Row Bid from West to East starting late Spring or early Summer (depending on Ice and weather conditions).

'Hallin Marine 2' heading towards the N Atlantic last Summer in good weather!

‘Hallin Marine 2′ heading towards the N Atlantic last Summer in good weather!

 

Its still not too late to earn a place on the crew and if you would like to be considered for this, the toughest of all Ocean routes, then please get in contact with Skipper David Hosking.


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MONT BLANC MISADVENTURE

Neil and Stu were climbing Mount Blanc earlier this month with another person when unfortunately they fell over 1000ft. Amazingly they were all able to walk away from the fall even though Neil had broke several bones in his body and all three were very badly bruised. The incident has not put them off a goal of climbing Everest in the future! All at Team Hallin wish them a speedy recovery and good luck with the Everest adventure.

Stu and Neil enjoying some food on after their watch

Stu and Neil enjoying some food earlier this year

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REPORT ON THAMES ROW – JULY 2013

Team Hallin’s latest challenge has just finished after a fourteen-day row up the River Thames to Faringdon [near Lechlade] and then back again to Walton.  The trip included five days at Henley during the Royal Regatta where Team Hallin met up with The Islanders [after their successful row around GB in a record time last month] and David watched his daughter race.

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Team Hallin sculling upstream at Eton with Windsor Castle in the background

Whilst at Henley David was joined by several members of the Charterhouse School Boat Club members for a day’s experience of life on an Ocean Rowing Boat and David enjoyed a day in the Stewards Enclosure thanks to a generous invite from the Webb family.

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Arun enjoying the racing whilst Hallin Marine II was moored on the regatta booms

Thanks also go to Cognition Land and Water Ltd and CDR Electrical Supplies Ltd for allowing Hallin Marine II to have one of the best alongside berths during the Royal Regatta week:

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Hallin Marine II at Henley Royal Regatta

In total Hallin Marine II covered some 300 miles over the two weeks on the river and transited 75 locks – the top speed recorded was 6.2 kts [set by Ian and Chris shown in the photo below] and the total average speed whilst sculling was 1.9kts for the entire trip.

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Ian and Chris

Thank you to those who kindly donated money to Combat Stress whilst this sponsored row took place – over £100 was raised for this very worthy cause.  Please continue to support this charity by making a small donation on our Just Giving page.

The next outing for the boat will be in the Solent in early September 2013 – if you would like to experience a day onboard, or would like to be considered for Team Hallin’s next Ocean Challenge in 2014, then please contact David through this website. 

DB Hosking – 15th July 2013

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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ISLANDERS – WINNERS ROUND GB ROWING RACE 2013

Team Hallin’s Round GB 2013 Rowing Race team, consisting of David Hosking, Neil Ward, Julian Bellido and Stuart Chamberlayne, would like to convey their congratulations to The Islanders who last night won the Round GB Rowing Race 2013 and also managed to knock half a day off the 2005 World Record time.

Well done to all four of this super crew – a really great achievement.

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Come and experience life on Hallin Marine II on the River Thames

Hallin Marine II [shown above] will take to the water again this weekend as David starts his row up to the source of the River Thames and back down again a week or so later. It’s still not too late to join him for a day’s experience in an Ocean Rowing Boat. Hallin Marine II will spend a few days at Henley during the Royal Regatta – so if you are at the regatta and are interested in Ocean Rowing in the future, then do come and talk to Team Hallin about their next adventure.

DB Hosking – 28th June 2013

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COME AND HAVE AN OCEAN ROWING BOAT EXPERIENCE IN JULY 2013

Having had to retire from the Round GB Rowing Race, Team Hallin now have some time on their hands! They are offering to take anybody interested in Ocean Rowing to come and have a day in their boat, Hallin Marine II.  The boat will be launched into the River Thames at the end of the month and if you would like an opportunity to experience life on board a cramped Ocean Rowing Boat then just email Team Hallin via the CONTACT page, to book a session from lock to lock or a whole day beginner’s package between the 1st and 14th of July 2013.

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Hallin Marine II

If you wish to part in this adventure then all we ask is that you are prepared to row whilst on board and that you contribute to the costs [i.e. £20 for a lock to lock session, £50 for a full day session or £100 for a 24 hour experience including an overnight stay on board].   You will be expected to bring your own kit/sleeping bag, to find your own way to join Hallin Marine II on the Thames and then find your own way back home after your shared experience on board.

So to book a slot just make contact with Team Hallin on the website – if you enjoy the experience and then want to take Ocean Rowing to the next level then Team Hallin will be able to give you suitable training and expert tailored advice on the various options available – including future Open Ocean slots with the team.

So go on have a go – TODAY the Thames, TOMORROW the Ocean calls!!

DB Hosking – Skipper Team Hallin

20th June 2013

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TEAM HALLIN: ROUND GB ROWING RACE – FINAL UPDATE

Team Hallin’s Round GB 2013 Rowing Race team, consisting of David Hosking, Neil Ward, Julian Bellido and Stuart Chamberlayne, would like to thank our family, friends, sponsors and supporters for all their much-needed assistance over the last week of the GB Row 2013. Unfortunately, we had to retire from the race after being taken in tow off Land’s End after suffering steering problems compounded by 30 knot headwinds and a foul tide. We are sorry not to have finished the race but given the weather forecast of strong E/NE winds for at least three days we did not believe our anchor rope would have lasted that amount of time given it was chaffing on the sea bed rocks below. If it had parted, we would have very quickly found ourselves swept into the Longships rocks only a few hundred yards away. As such, the only safe option was to seek a tow to safety in Penzance.

Team Hallin would like to thank our many sponsors for their support to this campaign and special thanks go to John Giddens and Hallin Marine Subsea Services for being fantastic corporate main sponsors to Team Hallin. I would also like to thank our great shore support team who helped us out whilst we were at sea: Richard Hosking [for his weather and tactical advice], Louise Hosking [for keeping family and friends informed on the progress of the team], Tom Elliott [for keeping the website, blog, Facebook and Twitter pages updated on a daily basis] and Dr Ben Phillips [who thankfully was not called upon to give the team medical advice].

I am also most grateful for the tremendous support given to me from Charterhouse School Boat Club members and their parents.  I would also like to thank Sam Bishop for giving up a whole day to drive my trailer from Surrey to Penzance to collect the boat and then drive back in the rush hour Friday traffic – over thirteen hours on the road plus a day off his own rowing training.  Finally, as Skipper of the team, I would like to publically thank my great crew of Neil, Julian and Stu who have followed my very demanding training plan for the last twelve months. They have done everything that I asked of them in the build-up to the Race and they all pushed themselves hard during the Race itself. I hope that they will continue to seek further challenges to push themselves in the future.

Team Hallin may have finished their GB Row 2013 Race but they have not finished their love affair with the sea and ocean rowing – if you would like to join Team Hallin for a future adventure then please get in touch with me via the contact section of our website.

If anybody still wants to show support to Team Hallin then please donate to our adopted charity Combat Stress – as of today we are some 59% towards our target of raising £60,000 for this worthy charity.  In the last week, the following supporters have donated well over £2,500 to our great charity:

Helen Martin, Darius Moore, Rob Hoole, Paddy Thomas, Emma Riley, Claire Lawerence, Jill Smith, Susan Lyall, Langford & Chamberlayne, Margaret Hung, Rahul Jalan, Chris Evans, Ian Groves & Elissa Sabine, Steven & Laura, Valerie Taylor, Andy Gillies & Fiona Sabine, Andrew Gibson, Helen Simon & Alice Jefferies, and Chris Covey.

On behalf of Team Hallin thank you all very much indeed – those yet to donate please do so, no matter how small the amount as it all helps.  To donate please click here – once on the Just Giving page please follow the instructions.

Shows Starboard Watch [David and Julian] rowing towards the White Cliffs of Dover on Day 2 of the Race.

Starboard Watch [David and Julian] rowing towards the White Cliffs of Dover on Day 2 of the Race.

 

Shows the Port Watch off [Neil & Julian] preparing their food and checking on the navigation – the chart plotter can be seen behind Neil – picture taken on Day 3 of the Race.

Shows the Port Watch off [Neil & Julian] preparing their food and checking on the navigation on Day 3 of the Race – the chart plotter can be seen behind Neil.

Hallin Marine 2 off Land's End on Day 5 of the race with a big wave breaking over her.

Hallin Marine II off Land’s End on Day 5 with a big wave breaking over her bow.

Finally the photo below shows another member of Team Hallin’s shore support team – Sam Bishop [also Vice Captain at Walton Rowing Club] who drove to Penzance on Friday to collect the boat and remaining crew [ie David and Neil as Stu joined Pure Gym on Thursday evening and Julian flew back to Gibraltar on Friday morning].

Sam Bishop with Hallin Marine II at Penzance on Friday afternoon – the boat is now back in Surrey awaiting her next adventure.

Sam Bishop with Hallin Marine II at Penzance on Friday afternoon – the boat is now back in Surrey awaiting her next adventure.

Thank you all again for your support over the last few weeks and please continue to be generous to our charity Combat Stress.

DB Hosking – 9th June 2013

 

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DAY FIVE – 05/06/13:

Today we’re looking forward to going round Lands End, the most south westerly point on our trip. Neil is thinking of his baby girl as he has just received the news she has just learnt to crawl, a good motivation to go as fast as possible to get back as soon to see her! The first five days are some of the hardest, getting used to the conditions and the brutal sleep pattern.  We’re looking forward to the second week, where we will be into the rhythm and our muscles have got used to the non-stop rowing! Keep up the support for the charity Combat Stress!

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DAY FOUR – 04/06/13:

We concentrated our efforts today on getting ahead of the world record pace. Neil was checking the Yellowbrick tracker app on his iPad, apparently there are lots of people glued to this app – even more than us! We were off the Dorset and Devon coast today, David had navy memories of war games chasing submarines in Portland and Plymouth and deep-diving training in Falmouth with main sponsor John Giddens of Hallin Marine Subsea Services. Julian is looking forward to getting past Land’s End and beginning the next leg of the race. Feeling strong and in control, our tactics are working well.

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DAY THREE – 03/06/13:

Today it has really become a race! Thanks to everyone following on Twitter/Facebook or checking our website, the messages of support really help. We’re making steady progress against our main rivals, the world record time and crew Black Oyster. It was challenging in the choppy seas and strong tides around the Isle of Wight but we were able to maintain a good rhythm. The team are all enjoying looking over to shore when they can, Stu remembered cycling in Sussex and told some excellent stories which kept Neil and him amused on their chilly evening watch! Please keep donating to Combat Stress, thank you if you already have!

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DAY TWO – 02/06/2013:

The second day of the race was spent hunting down the current race leaders, Black Oyster and also the 2005 world record position. We are finding the Yellowbrick tracker app is very useful – today Neil downloaded it for his iPad. Tomorrow the team will be nearing the Solent, after another long night at sea. We feel we are properly on the way now, and are settling into the routine. It is really exciting to be finally putting all the training into practice. Weather is still good, with everyone’s mood positive and eager to keep powering on. This would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors, in particular John Giddens at Hallin Marine. Thank you for all your help.

Stu and Neil enjoying some food on after their watch

Stu and Neil enjoying some food in the cabin following their watch

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