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Hobart rowers to tackle trans-Atlantic challenge for charity

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Four Hobart College rowers are set to embark on an ambitious journey across the Atlantic Ocean in 2025, taking part in the World’s Toughest Row, a grueling 3,000-mile rowing race. The team, comprised of Anthony Carella, Moritz Marchart, Ryan Mulflur, and David Ranney, aims to raise $550,000 for Boys and Girls Club chapters in their hometowns and Geneva. The rowers, united by their experiences on Seneca Lake as part of Hobart College’s rowing program, see this challenge as an extension of their commitment to endurance athletics and community service.

The team’s journey will begin at La Gomera in the Canary Islands and conclude at English Harbour in Antigua. Operating in two-hour shifts over more than 30 days, the rowers will navigate the open seas in a 25-foot boat. This endeavor is not just about testing their physical limits; it’s also a fundraising mission for the Boys and Girls Club. Each team member brings a unique background to the challenge. For instance, Ranney, a Cleveland native and Great Lakes vessel operations specialist, has been inspired by ocean races since elementary school, while Marchart, currently training for the German national rowing team, has a history of engaging in ultra-endurance feats.

The preparation for this race requires more than just physical training. The team is working on raising funds to purchase a boat, supplies, and safety equipment, and they are actively seeking corporate sponsors. This process involves building skills in marketing, finance, and operations, turning their endeavor into a comprehensive learning and growth experience. Beyond endurance and navigation training, mental toughness and team dynamics will be crucial for their success. The rowers, who share a strong camaraderie forged during their time at Hobart, hope their journey will inspire their communities and demonstrate the power of transformative experiences. Their race, scheduled for December 2025, represents a culmination of years of preparation and a testament to their dedication to both athletic and philanthropic pursuits.