This year, Plymouth, together with other cities in England and the USA are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s pioneering voyage, from Plymouth, UK to establish the ‘New World’ colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA with newfound liberty in 1620 – a group of people that a remarkable 30 million+ US citizens have descended from.

Due to the current situation of Coronavirus, many events have been postponed and will be taking place in 2021. However, there are still many virtual celebrations, tours, and virtual events taking place this year 2020 to mark the 400 years.

One of our club members, Craig Chaulk, decided to commemorate this 400th anniversary with The Mayflower Row.

Using a Concept2 rowing machine, he is currently undertaking the challenge to row the 3,150 miles (5,070,000 metres) voyage in 66 days; fuelled with a passion for rowing, he is rowing more than two marathons a day – this is a mission that requires determination, dedication and with its own challenges… something very few individuals have ever achieved. He started on 18th May and is now half way through his challenge.

Craig is a passionate rower and loves long distance challenges. He joined the coastal rowing community in 2016, when he moved from Oxford to Devon. Since then he has competed in many local and national competitions and challenges. He is very motivated and once he sets his eyes on something he doesn’t let go easily.

Integral to the challenge is to raise funds for charity, targeted at £5,000+.
– RNLI (70%): Raising for dedicated volunteers who risk their lives to save others.
– Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club (30%): a community, charity rowing club run by volunteers that promotes an active lifestyle opens to all abilities socially and represent the city of Plymouth competitively at a local, national and international level. The future of the club is under threat by developers in an ever growing Plymouth, it is hoped that funds raised will help provide some security for the future.


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You can also follow his progress on Instagram and Facebook: The Mayflower Row