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Rowing team set for round-Norfolk challenge

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A team of oarswomen are setting off from Lynn tomorrow in a effort to row around the coast of Norfolk during the Easter weekend.

The 80 mile journey for the Norfolk BrOARds group is designed to raise awareness of their bid to take part in a 3,000 mile trans-Atlantic rowing challenge next year.

Members of the Norfolk BrOARds rowing team (8811322)
Members of the Norfolk BrOARds rowing team (8811322)

And, along the way, they plan to drop off some Easter treats at the county's 10 Lifeboat stations, including their first stop in Hunstanton.

Crew skipper Sandra Squire said: "It's our way of giving a little something back to the lifeboat crews who are always there whenever they're needed.

"It makes being on the water feel a lot safer, knowing there's someone there to help if you need it."

Mrs Squire, who is a county and borough councillor in West Norfolk, is preparing to compete in the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile race from the Canary Islands to Antigua, with business analyst Helen Hogan and postwoman Kate Palmer.

The trio's Easter challenge is also hoped to raise funds towards the eco-boat they hope to use in the event.

The team, who are being supported by volunteers throughout the weekend, are leaving Lynn at around 6am tomorrow aim to arrive at their first stop at the Hunstanton lifeboat station between 10 and 10.30am on Friday.

They will then be at the Old Boathouse cafe in Old Hunstanton until 1pm before setting out on the next leg of their journey to Wells-next-the-Sea.

They aim to reach the finishing point in Gorleston on Monday afternoon.

Updates of the team's progress over the weekend will be posted on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter via @NorfolkBrOARds.

There will also be a satellite tracker on board the boat, which is a skiff from the King's Lynn Coast Rowing Club, which can be followed via https://eur-share.inreach.garmin.com/NorfolkRow.

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