Josh Taylor: Team Navigator (Skipper)
My name is Josh Taylor, 23 years old from the Island of Mersea. My life long aim is to regret nothing and live everyday, as if it was your last. I loathe negativity and being told something’s are impossible, in fact it just motivates me further. No sooner had people said ‘you can’t swim 22km unassisted round Mersea’, Morgan and I set the record. Being so committed does make me the ‘team liability’. This was verified when I was hospitalised, after our record swim. But weeks later Morgan and I set another record by organizing and competing in Mersea’s first Sprint Triathlon, raising money for the RNLI.
When it comes to sailing I’ve be lucky enough to medaled in the East Anglican Offshore Race, campaigned a 49er (Olympic Class skiff) and delivered some of GB’s top racing yachts around the UK’s coast. This love affair for being in/on the water brought me to a Merchant Shipping and Super-yacht degree at Plymouth University, where I met James Plumley and I started competitive rowing. Soon into rowing, I qualified as Rowing Coach and was also elected Men’s Rowing Captain. James and I went from strength to strength, completing John O’Groats to Lands End unassisted on a 1970 Rayleigh Sprint in 7 days of rain and wind (after professional cyclist telling us, and ‘tweeting’, that our target was impossible – we proved them wrong!)leaving a day to spare in time for our graduation were I received my first class BSc(HONS) in Marine Science.
I have only one aim for GB Row 2013. Break the record and win.
Finally my personal experience has shown me that even the most vivacious and healthiest of people can pass away. You have one life – Live It!
My name is James Plumley, I’m 23 years old from the island of Guernsey (near France and no we’re not French). I became addicted to rowing while in sixth form when I joined the Guernsey Rowing Club and began pushing myself to the limits all for the enjoyment of a well-earned pint and blister count.
I’ve been fortunate to take part in two World Coastal Championships though have never quite achieved the pre-race daydreams, mainly due to some unfortunate steering on my part. At Plymouth 2009 we took the scenic route, which meant some scarily up close views of the boat-breaking breakwater!
At the University of Plymouth Rowing Club I had a great time rowing with Josh in a pair, unfortunately our training was affected by laughing fits every few minutes and other boats crossing our irregular path. To supplement the gruelling rowing training I completed several great adventures. From canoeing 300kms of the Loire; hiking the mountainous GR20 in a week; cycling from John O’Groats to Land’s End with Josh and from Plymouth to Marrakesh. Those containing some of the most truly miserable moments of my life but also the best by far too.
I’d say I was laid back and easy going, hence why I say yes to everything. It requires a lot more effort to make up excuses.
Currently I’m working as a mechanical engineer and although it’s a great job I sit thinking about how best to live my 25 days of holiday. GBRow2013 may not be most people’s idea of a holiday but I can’t wait to take on the might of the ocean with my friends by my side, sharing the pleasure stroke by stroke.
Gavin Sheehan, 24. Irish born. I would be a born water baby and lucky enough to have a twin brother, so to say I would be competitive would be an understatement. Since there has always been two of me doing something as a result. I started playing rugby in school. However due to my brother breaking both front teeth, rugby was a no go. The silver lining was that rowing was the next port of call, and the love affair began. Within a couple of years I won all Ireland Championships and have been successful enough to wear the green jersey and represent my country on more than one occasion. Which I mean to do again!
When I moved to the UK (Bristol) for University I got to know the nutters in this crew (Alan Morgan & Co). Within one year I had been elected club captain and selected to go to the European University Championships for GB in the lightweight quad.
We don’t know how long we will be on this Planet for, so I plan on getting in as much as I can. People saying ‘You’re mad, why would you want to do that’ seem to be the reaction to the best things I do. GB Row 2013 – Bring it on.