As part of our continuing efforts to support those from our community we are proud to announce that we will be sponsoring The Tame The Kraken boat, rowed by Tim Crockett in the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Tim is a holder of UK and US passports and is a native of Hereford UK. He is a veteran of the Royal Marines and SBS, so he has a history of time spent either above or below the water.
The Chosen charities for his endeavour are:
In the UK - Combat Stress is the UK's leading veterans' mental health charity. Treating a range of mental health conditions including PTSD, depression and anxiety. Mental health issues can affect ex-servicemen and women of all ages and right now, the charity has more than 6,000 veterans registered with them for support. Combat Stress is a vital lifeline for those veterans, and their families.
In The US - 22Kill works to raise awareness of the veteran suicide epidemic that is plaguing the country, and educate the public on PTS and other mental health issues. The Charity also partners with other organisations nationwide to be able to provide a variety of programs and resources focussing on suicide prevention and veteran empowerment. These programs include traditional and non-traditional forms of therapy for both mental and physical health.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
Those readers who followed the exploits of our Ambassadors, new Pairs Class World Record holders Jon Armstrong and Jordan Beecher; who were Team Trident - Row2Recoverys' entry to last years TWAC, will know what a feat Tim is attempting. But for the uninitiated:
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a 3000 nautical mile row from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelsons Dockyard, English Harbour in Antiga - Straight across the Atlantic Ocean. More people have climbed Everest or been into space than have rowed the Atlantic.
Tim will be completing the row solo and completely self sufficiently. Every year many boats are forced to withdraw due to weather, repeated capsizing or just the every day demands of milage and conditions. Jon and Jordan were able divide the rowing into shifts of two hours on two hours off for every 24hr period, Tim will have to manage this himself.
Why name the boat The Kraken?
In Tims own words:
Why name my boat ‘The Kraken’? The Kraken is a mythical sea creature with origins in Norse mythology. It’s believed to have immense strength, enough to sink enormous ships by wrapping its tentacles around the hull before dragging it into the depths of the ocean. Yet to some the Kraken symbolizes something else: power. Not necessarily physical strength, but an inner strength. And like an octopus the Kraken is thought to have the ability to regenerate lost limbs, to grow again.
History has made it easy to perceive the Kraken as something dark, feared and misunderstood. Yet, just as the Kraken was misunderstood, all too often so is a veteran suffering from PTSD. Someone who is wrestling with his or her own dark monster.
My boat — ‘The Kraken’ — symbolizes the struggle many experience when dealing with mental health issues and PTSD. Those that have gone through or are going through traumatic events need to know that just like the limbs of the Kraken can grow back so should one’s life continue to grow after a difficult phase.
The race is a long way off, starting in December 2018 so there's plenty of time to support Tim in his training and his charities through donation. Sin Eaters Guild will be backing him and documenting his journey. Please follow Tim on Instagram at @tamethekraken and visit his website www.tamethekraken.com for more information and to donate.