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7 January

OV Rowing the Atlantic

As we begin 2022, many of us will be setting challenges for ourselves for the coming year, whether that is sticking to New Year Resolutions beyond January, a new career direction, or achieving a better work/life balance. However, OV Lara Vafiadis (Os 06-08) is taking the idea of a challenge in 2022 up a notch: Lara will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic, solo and unsupported.

Rowing the Atlantic Lara Vafiadis

Lara is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in support of charities Plan UK and Our Only World. The race route starts in La Gomera, Canary Islands and ends 3,000 miles (4,800 Km) later in Antigua.

This is not the first time Lara has traversed the Atlantic, having gained her yachtmaster at only 21 and subsequently sailed across the ocean. As Lara says, “Rowing the Atlantic is the next logical step!”

Talking about her challenge, Lara added, “Rowing solo across the world’s second largest ocean will push me to my physical and mental limit – there is a reason why more people have climbed Mt. Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic.

Rowing the Atlantic Lara Vafiadis

“The past few years haven’t been easy for anyone- and rowing the Atlantic is seeming like a very daunting prospect- which means there is no better time to face the challenge. I want to show women and girls everywhere that we can achieve anything when we believe in ourselves.”

Rowing the Atlantic Lara Vafiadis

Good luck with your training and preparation, Lara.

If you would like to know more about Lara’s fundraising, please do get in touch with us: alumni@ksw.org.uk