Congratulations to the 2 Mike’s from Brixham as they now have their trailer licences ready for the ‘The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.’
Congratulations to the 2 Mikes, Mike Gibbons and Mike Manning-Boot both of Brixham, for passing their practical driving trailer tests on the 21st of March 2018.
They both passed on the 1st attempt and both got 5 minor faults after doing a shared training course.
The lads needed the B+E on their license to tow the boat that they will be using for a row across the Atlantic in December (SEE DETAILS BELOW).
They will be doing it for 2 charities, prostate cancer uk and Ben Cohen standup foundation.
Williams Driving School’s Stephen Croucher who helped with their B+E training said “having been with these 2 over the last couple of days they are absolutely crazy and deserve every penny they raise, let’s get behind them as it’s for a worthwhile cause” Steve was kind enough to donate both the training cost and the test fees for this great cause. If you want to help them with this great adventure please see the link. https://www.2mikes1boat.com/donate.
“A complete towing novice and passed with just one days training!
Thank you to Steve for patience, understanding and fantastic teaching. Genuine chap, puts students at ease.
Comfortable, clean, vehicles and high standards. Don’t waste your time shopping around. Worth his weight in gold! Really looked after me.
Thank you again Steve. Superstar!”
Mike Gibbons is no stranger to the open seas. Having crewed tall ships and luxury ocean liners, Mike knows a thing or two about life at sea.
However, rowing a vessel without a restaurant or theatre on board is an entirely new experience.
Mike Manning-Boot has spent seven years aboard trawlers out of the fishing port of Brixham.
A rugby player and bodybuilder, Mike swaps his wellies and weights for oars and a compass.
Apparently, it’s nothing to do with getting away from the kids!
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
The World’s Toughest Race
The race is based on the historic crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway in 1966. It took them 92 days to complete their voyage.
While rowing, they were battling storms, facing waves of up to 15 meters (50 feet ), they spotted sharks and whales, and had to survive on near-starvation diets.
It comes with no surprise that more people have been in outer space or climbed Mount Everest than have ever rowed across the Atlantic.
Heat exhaustion, salt sores, rashes and sleep deprivation make this crossing an unparalleled challenge – both physically and mentally. For these reasons, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is considered one of the toughest races on earth. Between the start at San Sebastian in
La Gomera (Canary Islands) and the finish at English Harbour in Antigua ( Caribbean Islands ), 2600 nautical miles of the second largest ocean on our planet have to be covered.
Once we leave safe haven in December 2018, we will face whatever mother nature throws at us, completely on our own, for up to 90 days.
Taking turns on the oars, Mike & Mike will be rowing 24 hours a day, in shifts of two hours on, two hours off.
This equates to 12 hours of rowing per person, per day, and ensures that the boat is relentlessly pushed towards the finish line in English Harbour.
This psychological and physical experience will definitely leave a mark on our characters. We would like to invite you to be part of our voyage and contribute to the 2 Mikes 1Boat row across the Atlantic Ocean by two Torbay residents from Brixham.
Wishing you both the very best of luck fro all of us here at Williams Driving School and Wiiliams B+E Training school.