The NY2SY boat arrives in New York today (Thursday, May 1st), and rower Niall Iain Macdonald leaves Lewis today (Saturday, May 3rd) to join her.
Then it’s simply a case of Niall Iain rowing 3,400 miles home to Stornoway to complete the NY2SY (New York to Stornoway) Solo North Atlantic row!
It’s been almost four years since the adventurer announced his NY2SY challenge – which aims to raise £100,000 for the Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) – and in only a few short weeks, the epic undertaking will begin.
“It’s been a challenge, at times a real struggle, to get my NY2SY project to the point where, in just a couple of weeks, I will be taking the first few strokes on the oars and rowing out of New York harbour and out into the vast North Atlantic Ocean,” Niall Iain said. “The reality is that the hard work starts now.”
He continued: “I have to admit to feeling some emotion when I took my ocean rowing boat ‘Alliance Trust’ down to Southampton for shipping to the United States.
“As the doors were sealed on the container, with my boat and all my equipment inside, I could feel all the disappointments and achievements, all the highs and lows of the past few years all at once – a strange feeling of elation, satisfaction and relief.”
On arrival in New York, the ‘Alliance Trust’ will be berthed at Liberty Landing Marina for around 10 days while Niall Iain completes final checks and loads food and equipment for the three month journey ahead which he aims to start mid-May.
“Although I’m not originally from Lewis, I have lived here for almost 15 years now and I really can’t wait to start rowing home,” he added.
You can track the NY2SY progress and read Niall Iain’s blog at www.ny2sy.co.uk. And if you wish to donate to the epic challenge, please visit www.justgiving.com/NY2SY or text NY2SY to 70755 (donates £10).Fare