Reach Into The Blue

Andrew Baker is a Manxman with an adventurous spirit who has spent the last few years planning for his trip, a one man row across the Atlantic ocean, Portugal to the Caribbean, 4000 nautical miles.
Andrew with boat

Andrew Baker with his boat, Aurelia.

Andrew Baker is a Manxman with an adventurous spirit who has spent the last few years planning for his trip, a one man row across the Atlantic ocean, Portugal to the Caribbean, 4000 nautical miles.

For Andrew this is as much an inner journey into his mind as it is a monumental physical challenge.

He says ' The journey through life is like crossing an ocean, it is a physical challenge, and it is easy to overlook the impact of ‘life’ on our minds. Even the strongest bodies are susceptible to mental health challenges.’

Andrew Baker

Andrew on his journey west!

Andrew, after talking about his own struggles with his mental health, further said ‘The expedition is a platform to raise awareness of the importance of promoting and maintaining good mental health.’ Andrew hopes the Reach into the Blue Expedition will capture people’s interest and raise some funds to be distributed to charities who contribute to positive mental health, through providing services, support and information, of which MWT is one of his chosen charities.

Andrew En route

A sense of peace, and an amazing view.

Andrew also said ‘Aurelia is adorned with the logos of three Not-for-profit organisations: Reach IOM; Manx Wildlife Trust; and WhistleblowersUK. Each one, in their own unique way, provide an incredible selfless service, and I hope this expedition becomes a platform to raise funds and awareness for their causes. The Manx Wildlife Trust protect and care for our Island's wildlife and help people feel more connected to nature. They joined up with Mindfulness Teacher, Mike Kewley, to provide free 'Mindfulness in Wild Places' events. These wellbeing walks explore some of the Island’s most beautiful locations and offer focused immersion in the natural world which results in a lasting experience of wellbeing, interconnection and positive mental health. To learn more about how they promote a positive mental wellbeing or to join them or become a Citizen Scientist, go to https://www.mwt.im/nature-health-and-wellbeing.'

Andrew setting off

Andrew, setting off on his epic journey, December 8th 2020.

He left the island on the 14th November 2020, bound for Portugal, where he would embark on his voyage. Having arrived in Portugal and ready to set off the weather wasn't playing ball, so having to wait longer than he wanted to, he left Portugal on 8th December 2020. 

The row is expected to take no more than 90 days, however, this is dependent on, in Andrew's words, 'the weather, the rower, and an endless number of possible hazards and hiccups’.

The Aurelia

The Aurelia, adorned with the logos of corporate sponsors and sponsored charities.

His boat is a modern rowing boat designed for one purpose – to cross oceans. The Aurelia is a Rannoch built R20 pairs row boat made from carbon fibre with a bow/front sleeping cabin and stern/rear storage cabin. It’s Fully equipped with as much safety, navigation and communication gear as it can carry. The Aurelia is also designed to self-right after capsizing, and to cut through and surf waves.

Andrew live tracker

Andrew's progress.

If you’d like to follow Andrews journey you can follow his live tracker on his website - www.reachintotheblue.com, follow the Twitter feed: @AtlanticAurelia and if you’d like to get in touch about the Expedition you can email: info@reachintotheblue.com.

You can sponsor Andrew by using his just giving page - https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/reachintotheblue

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