Epic north Atlantic row postponed to 2012

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THE New York to Stornoway solo Atlantic row, known as NY2SY: Solo North Atlantic Row, will now take place in 2012 at a date to be confirmed.

The scale of planning and preparation required, and subsequent funding, makes the intended launch of May 2011 inadvisable after some unavoidable delays in the programme.

Niall Iain Macldonald, who previously rowed the Minch from Stornoway to Ullapool, was to take on the mammoth task of rowing single-handed across a unique and dangerous Atlantic route over three months this year.

However, to ensure the safe conclusion of the project, the challenge will now launch next year instead.

Said Naill Iain: “I am bitterly disappointed as it means so much to me and has been the focus of my attention for these last few months.

“There are a number of factors behind this decision but it’s mainly to do with the time-scale and funding required to safely attempt the journey.

“I’d like to thank my sponsors, supporters and all who have donated money so far to my chosen charity,” he continued, adding: “As someone said to me recently: Sherpa Tenzing Norgay took seven attempts to climb Everest.

“This is only a smalls setback which will allow me to prepare more thoroughly for 2012. I will finish what I set out to do.”