Team Antigua says donations will help boost morale in rowing challenge


Plagued with extreme fatigue and hallucinations, the four Antiguan men rowing across the Atlantic have made an impassioned plea for more support for their charity.

On day 23 of their journey, Team Antigua Captain Eli Fuller chronicled the crew’s ordeal.

“Its really hard and I don’t think we’re going to be doing this again,”  Fuller said while calling into a local radio station.

“We are out here trying and hold our own. We’ve been plagued from the start by electricity problems and that has continued. We have very little power at night for example. The boat’s dark, we have no navigation lights, we have no AIS which tells the ships where we are. The only thing we are using is a water maker to make sure we have water to drink and cook our food. A few hours a night we use our navigational equipment for steering. Other than that we don’t have enough electricity,” he reported.

Team Antigua is now about 700 nautical miles away from Antigua & Barbuda but Fuller said the electricity problems which have still not been fixed means less sleep.

“It (moral) was very low a few days ago. We were just so exhausted. Big John realized a few days ago that he was speaking to the wall-hallucinating with lack of sleep.

I was rowing in the middle of the night with Nico and I thought I was rowing under the Brooklyn Bridge. I could see the bridge. When you are sleep deprived to the point of hallucinating, you can just imagine how low you feel. It’s tough,” Fuller said.

Added to that he reported that “it has been windy and rough pretty much since we left La Gomera. This morning we had a wave come into the boat and our water bottles and food containers were washing over the side of the boat, I mean it’s not easy.”

Asked what would help the team weather the tough conditions Fuller made an appeal for more donations.

“I don’t think we’ve had any corporate sponsors donating money to the cause yet. It’s been individuals like you and others who’ve been donating a $100 her and $50 there.

$10,000 coming into our charity has been non-existent and we’d like to see some of that,” the captain reported.

The team is rowing for a properly managed marine park on Antigua as well as to support efforts on Barbuda following Hurricane Irma.

“I definitely think that moral on this boat would be boosted if we know that the cause we are rowing for was going forward. If we started hearing that companies and individuals were donating, it would definitely make us feel much better out here when we are rowing in a rainstorm in the middle of the night.”

The other members are Scott Potter, John Watt and Nico Pshoyos.

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