Salcombe is buzzing with excitement as the arrival of Team Ocean Valour is now less than 5 hours away. There is a real sense that history is being made and the reasons why Tom decided to row the Atlantic (to honour the memory of his late father, Luke, who died from a brain tumour) are at the forefront of everyone’s mind.
Donations to the Brain Tumour Charity have rapidly increased as Tom and Lawrence have got closer and closer to land and we continue to be amazed by the generosity of people to this fabulous charity. Brain tumours are the biggest cancer killer of children and younger adults (those under 40) but out of the £500m a year spent on cancer research in the UK, only 2 % of that is spent on brain tumours. We are seeking to redress the balance.
A strong south west wind has given the guys a good solid shove towards Salcombe and they are now adjusting their ETA (taking it easy) and waiting for the crowds to build ahead of their 16:30 arrival on the Whitestrand pontoon, off Fore Street, Salcombe, TQ8 8ET. It is literally impossible to fail to see the Ocean Valour supporters so if you have a question then please do ask.
If you are unable to make it to Salcombe then don’t worry there are plenty of ways that you can follow the arrival of Tom and Lawrence.
- Check out the webcams. There are a number of webcams around Salcombe which will let you see various parts of the arrival.
- We are aiming to stream the arrival of Ocean Valour during the final few miles. You will need the Periscope app downloaded onto your phone and you will need to be following the team’s twitter account @OV2015 to get notified that the broadcast has started. We will aim to start this from 16:00 onwards but this depends massively on the signal strength that we can achieve. We will also continue the live stream when the team arrive on Whitestrand Pontoon so please do join us there.
- The guys will also be live tonight on the 6 o’clock news for ITV South West and Meridian around 18:00 and on BBC Spotlight around 18:30 so please tune in and hear from our incredible adventurous duo.
- We will be posting images on the Facebook page and here in a separate blog post as quickly as possible after their arrival.
If you’re a member of the media then please take a look at the media page for more information and photos / b-roll of their arrival as soon after the event as we can.