Atlantic Body + Soul
Cal MacAninch has been a familiar face on British television for thirty years with shows ranging from Downton Abbey, Mr Selfridge and more recently Time, Vigil and Trigger Point. Having spent a lifetime pretending to do things, he is now taking up the challenge to row the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, (that’s right, no stuntmen), a 3000 miles unsupported row across the Atlantic starting in December this year.
It’s all getting a bit ‘real’. In saying that, he has run the Ben Nevis race, 3 marathon’s and has climbed the Old Man of Hoy amongst other peaks but this is by far his greatest challenge. What’s the worst that could happen! At least if he gets taken by a shark it will do wonders for his back catalogue.
And who better to face this challenge with than four comrades from the same coastal rowing club who he has gotten to know and trust over the last five years. Experienced, talented, committed crewmates who you can trust with your life though not necessarily to buy the next round. Sean Watters (builder), Matt Callis (joiner), Ed Van der Ven (site manager), Alec Martin (company director)who all live in Portobello in Edinburgh and train with and compete for Eastern Amateur Coastal Rowing Club. The ethos as a club is simple: to create a supportive atmosphere which encourages learning, development and opportunity for all to achieve their potential; to engender a collective responsibility to care for the boat, promoting integrity on and off the water in a spirit of trust and transparency while aspiring to the success of personal/ team development and competition wins. These values the team will be bringing to their Atlantic crossing together.