I’m Dr. Nicholas Fuller, soon to be 67 years old, an Antiguan and a practicing family physician here on the island for the past 30 years. My hobby has always been the sea in all its aspects; fishing, scuba, camping and just general island cruising with my extended family.
With a bit more time on my hands now and a little less responsibility to the family I got together with the other crew members and put together a plan and here we are! We’ve been fortunate enough to get the boat here on the island for the summer and it’s been quite a enlightening experience, our self confidence boosted and the ins and outs of the boat and its capabilities are being learned. I think we are all pretty compatible as a crew and we hopefully will have a wonderful trip together with memories to last us a lifetime.
I am Peter Smith, a 74 year old Antiguan.
I first sailed to Antigua in 1967 and then returned to the UK where I built a trimaran and sailed it to Antigua. Again, I returned to the UK and this time built a 9 metre sailing boat and returned for a third time to Antigua where I have lived since that time. Whilst in Antigua, I was commissioned to build a 47ft catamaran which is still in service with Wadadli Cats. I now own a 41ft classic sailing ketch which I have the pleasure sailing in the Caribbean.
I’m Archie Bailey, a 50 year old Antiguan and resident of Falmouth Harbour here in Antigua.
The finish line for this row is mile right outside the harbour where I’ve lived all my life. I’ve been a professional boat captain for many years, running a 120 foot cargo vessel throughout the Eastern Caribbean and back and forth to Puerto Rico. I also own and run my own fish and lobster retail business here in Falmouth , most of my stock being caught by myself in my 40 foot commercial fishing boat “White Eagle”.
I’m ready to go and rowing all around the island in the Wa’Omoni for the past month has been a reassuring and exciting experience. I look forward to meeting the other competitors and share some good times with them all.
I’m John D. Hall, aka JD. I’m the youngest member of team Wadadli at 29 years old.
I skipper a few boats for home owners on a private off-shore island here in Antigua. I worked for Dr. Fuller’s nephew for many years here in Antigua running tours around the island and neighboring islands. I’ve spent many years on the water with my father boating, camping, snorkeling, fishing and pretty much anything that deals with water.
We have our boat here in Antigua and have been rowing around the island. It’s fun and our crew are all great guys. I have much to learn from them, as they all have a lot more sea time than I do. I love being out with them and listening to their stories. Can’t wait to get started and make the trip across the pond back home.
St Johns Hospice, Antigua
A very important part of this Challenge is that each participating team will raise money for the charity of their choice. The causes are as diverse as the teams themselves: from charities for health; help for disease and injury; to environment, human rights and disasters. Media coverage will bring public awareness of these causes, and that, combined with fund raising activities, will serve to benefit such important charities.
We are happy to have chosen the St. John Hospice, a non-profit palliative care home, established here in Antigua on the Holberton Hospital grounds in 2006. The St. John Hospice offers peace, comfort and care to persons from all walks of life that have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. This is the only such Hospice in the Eastern Caribbean and is very deserving of our fund raising efforts.
Any excess funds raised after the costs of the row have been met will be channeled directly into the St. John Hospice account. It is our hope that, with the major effort we are putting into public awareness of the Challenge and our many fund raising opportunities and activities, that we will be able to make a significant contribution to this important charity.
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