There was no shortage of volunteers as all elements of Fort Victoria Ship’s Company were represented including the RFA, Maritime Aviation Support Force (MASF), the Fleet Electronic Warfare Support Group (FEWSG) and 45 Commando Force Protection took up this daunting challenge.

Due to rising temperatures the marathon row started at 8.00 am with three teams of four people, rowing for one hour at a time. 

What made this challenge even tougher is the fact that there was only one rowing machine so the volunteers had to work throughout the day, including the hottest period from mid-morning to late afternoon.

The row was successfully completed, with the crew finishing the 164 km in 11 hours 14 minutes, 27 minutes ahead of the Ship’s Suez transit time.  

This means in theory that when the Ship was at the 157.7 km point the rowers had completed their transit of the Suez Canal.

So far an excess of £300 has been raised for Médecins Sans Frontières.