After 56 days, three countries and 8,000 miles, Laura Try has successfully made it home to Essex after completing her rowing challenge around the British coast.
We caught up with her at the Royal Burnham Yacht Club to talk everything rowing from the best parts of her journey to the hardships experienced to the money raised for Centrepoint, and finally to what is next on Laura’s radar.
Aside from a very hot day rowing in Ireland where Laura wore several layers of clothing and sun cream, her biggest challenge during the journey was the two hours on and two hours off rowing, even in the middle of the night in the rain. During the day, these shifts were manageable but it became difficult at night because her body would feel exhausted and ready for sleep.
The Best Parts
Although there are numerous parts of the Great British Row that are memorable for Laura, the ones that stick out for her the most include visiting Scotland for the first time, looking at majestic orange and pink skies, rowing towards Oban surrounded by islands and crossing the Gulf of Corryvreckan with flat waters and gorgeous weather, typically a famous spot for erratic weather patterns.
Laura also loved catching fish, rowing alongside dolphins and a killer whale, singing along to the Lion King soundtrack, anchoring in secluded bays and the comradery shared with the crew. Holy Island and St. Ives stick out in her mind as stunning destinations from her adventure, as well as travelling at 10.5 knots in the top of Scotland.
The Lionheart’s crew raised over £15,000 for their respective charities, and Laura continues to raise money for Centrepoint, a charity close to her heart that aims to eradicate homelessness among youth in the UK. She donates 25% of funds from public speaking to them.
Laura’s rowing bug continues as she plans to row 3,000 miles in January 2019 with her friend Kiko across the Atlantic starting in the Canary Islands and ending in the Caribbean. They would achieve the female World Record for female pairs with the completion of this challenge.
Laura has also set her sights on rowing around the British coast on her own – a feat that neither man nor woman has ever finished.
We are proud of our friend Laura’s incredible success and we look forward to following her on future endeavors. Congratulations and good luck!