A rower is to leave the Thames later this year for a solo voyage around Great Britain.

Sarah Weldon will,leave Henley in May for the 2,000 mile row around the coast of England, Wales and Scotland in a 23-foot ocean rowing boat.

And with the use of innovative technology school and college students will be able to follow her journey via interactive links with the boat.

The expediton is named the Great British Viking Quest and Sarah from Henley said:" The idea is to draw comparisons with the voyages of the Vikings - highlighting the maritime techniques of the time compared with today.

"Where the Vikings used celestial navigation , for example, I will be using GPS. Although some things don't change - like the toilet facilities on board."

Students will be able to follow the voyage via an internet link, tracking devices and podcats. They will be able of contact Sarah with questions and teachers will set tasks connected with the journey.

The venture is backed by the Oceans Project educational charity and funds raised during the row will be shared with the Thai Chidren's Trust

The boat, Mr Toad, has been designed by yachtsman Phill Morrison and is currently being built by Charlie Pitcher at Burnham-on-Crouch in Essex. Sarah is training at Bisham Abbey near Marlow.

More about the venture on the charity's website HERE

Story dated Jan 19th 2013

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