IT man defies doctors in pledge to row across Atlantic


IT man defies doctors in pledge to row across Atlantic

Antony Savvas

An IT man told he would never row again after an accident is to race across the Atlantic.

James Ketchell was told he would never row again after a motorbike accident. But he is now going to cross the Atlantic Ocean in aid of charity.

Ketchell will be taking part in the 2,931-mile Atlantic Rowing Race in December 2009, where he will raise money for the NSPCC.

The race starts from La Gomera in the Canary Islands and finishes in Antigua, West Indies.

Ketchell is an IT account manager for Avnet Equip in Basingstoke, and will be aiming to complete the race in 70 days in a 21ft, self-righting boat.

He said, "Last year, I was involved in a serious motorcycle accident and told that I would never row again. This gave me the motivation to push myself to prove the doctors wrong, and competing in the Atlantic Rowing Race is a challenge I have always wanted to pursue."

For the race, he is being sponsored by Fibre Technologies.

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