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Row Zambezi

Posted on 5 August 2014

Oxford rowers help raise money for Conservation Lower Zambezi and Village Water – helping the animals and people of the Zambezi

Row Zambezi a joint Zambian/GB 500KM rowing expedition across Lake Kariba and the Lower Zambezi in August.

In 2011 the Row Zambezi Expedition was a 1000km event taking three triple sculling boats from Chavuma to Victoria Falls it also including the Zambian Amateur Rowing Association (ZARCA) and some young Zambians. $40,000 was raised for a charity called Village Water.

In 2014 -

• learn to row course, a day and night row across lake Kariba and a row to the border with Mozambique through the Lower Zambezi. There is a joint Zambian/GB rowing team an official official Zambian 50th Anniversary event (Anniversary of What Daph)??

• Team includes the captain of womens rowing at Oxford, two boat race rowers for Oxford, and GB international squad rowers.

• Zambian team includes Zambia's top sculler Desmond Nanchengwa.

• The event is sponsored by Swiss watch Maker Parmigiani Fleurier.

Our itinerary is:

• 1st - 4th August Learn To Row Course Trident College Solwezi

• 5th August Main Moon Row Team assemble in Lusaka, press conference Protea Hotel

• 6th August Moon Row team & equipment depart for Lake Kariba Inns Siavonga

• 6th - 9th August Moon Row team rehearse as they travel from Siavionga to the end of the lake by safari boat.

• Stop over at Kariba Bush camp sinazongwe on the 8th August

• 10-11th August Moon Row: 250km from end of Lake kariba to Siavonga

• 11th August reception at Kariba Inns

• 12th-17th August Moon row continues for 250km through the Lower zambezi

• 17th August return to Lusaka, potential reception

• 18th August rowers return to the UK

• We will have an Op Centre running at Kariba Inns which will go live on the 6th August and will be manned 24x7 until we return on the 11th August. The rowing boats will have live GPS trackers on them which will transmit the boats position every 10 mins and will be visible via our website. We will have sat phone linkage to the boats, and the three rowing boats are supported by a small flotilla of boats.

• We have a website www.karibamoonrow.com which should be going live next week, and we are hosting representatives from the zambian high commission to the Henley regatta on the 3rd July.

• The summary of the events is here, and I have also attached an overview.

On August 1st - 4th we are running a learn to row course at Trident College in Solwezi, the coaches include two young zambian rowers (they are also coming with us on the Moon Row) and three rowers from GB who are flying out at their own expense to coach. Two of these rowers are in the GB International Rowing Squad. The certificates for this course are being presented by Amos Malupenga the permanent secretary for the North Western Province

On August 10th - 17th a 12 person rowing team, including three Zambian rowers and Zambia's top rower, will try to set a record rowing continuously across Lake Kariba through the day and night for 250km; they will then row a further 250km through the Lower zambezi ending at the Luangwa Boma. This event is called the Moon Row.

The Moon Row is raising money for two zambian Charities: Village water and Conservation Lower zambezi. All the camps on the Lower Zambezi have drastically reduced their rates to us to support this Charity event.