"All things great and small are achieved by human power, whether it's rowing an ocean, or looking after one another."
- Adam Kreek, Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Rower, Journalist and Adventurer
There is an allure that draws us in. Its waves can calm us, its fierceness can overwhelm us. Colin Sanders is facing those two extremes and everything in between during his brave and ambitious SOLO OCEAN ROW 2017, in support of Community Living Ontario's A Million Possibilities campaign. Welcome to this remarkable 4,000-kilometre, million oar stroke journey. Check out the BLOG section of the website for regular updates of Colin's journey at sea.
"My son Jeff has physical and intellectual disabilities and life is not always easy for him. Our family has been fortunate enough to receive support over the years from our local Community Living association and we have been grateful for the support we have received. That being said, people who have similar disabilities across Ontario are often not so fortunate as to lead a full and inclusive life as my son and may not have access to the right supports or have someone advocating for their needs. I am rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise awareness and funds for Community Living Ontario and member associations."
This incredible adventure will take Colin 4,000 kilometres from the Canary Islands off the west coast of Morocco to the sunny shores of Antigua in The Caribbean. Leven Brown is his rowing coach and his workout regimen has him training 5 to 6 times a week, while studying navigation and attaining his RYC Yachtmaster theory certification ... all in his spare time!
A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 is a labour of love. Colin is rowing in support of Community Living Ontario's vision where people who have an intellectual disability can live with dignity, be included and participate in all aspects of their communities. Whether that's attending school with friends from our neighbourhood and learning side by side with our peers, exploring meaningful employment and developing friendships with colleagues, or having the choice to live where we want to live.
The weather is the most unpredictable element of the journey. Pleasant seas will mean steady forward progress but storms can quickly blow in and cause problems. It's a brave adventure, and while Colin will be rowing the Atlantic by himself, facing everything mother nature can throw at him, he will not be alone. He will be supported by a team of people across the province and around the world that will be sharing in this experience and supporting our collective vision of a more inclusive Ontario.
His Home Away From Home
Modern equipment, GPS navigation, and a robust planning and workout schedule will help make this journey as safe as possible. Socks II is the vessel Colin will call home for the crossing that is expected to take about 90 days to complete.
You can show your support for this inspirational A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row by donating to Community Living Ontario. When you donate, you're making a commitment to a world where everyone belongs, has equality and is respected. Thank you!