Final Preparations

This weekend ex-Stocksfield Scout Stephen Harpin is heading south to Gran Canaria to join the rest of the crew of the Toby Wallace and begin the final preparations for their race to Barbados. This includes  capsize drills (hopefully the water will be warmer than the North Sea).

Read about it in the CourantWhen their training is complete, they will wait for favourable weather before beginning their record-breaking attempt to row across the Atlantic. More details were published in Saturday’s Hexham Courant.


1. We will be posting details of the boat’s progress and plotting it on a map in the Scout Hut as soon as the Toby Wallace departs.

2. Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will be helping to raise funds for the new hut through sponsorship of Stephen’s endeavour and we encourage readers to support him too.

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Going to Extraordinary Lengths

Former Stocksfield Scout, Stephen Harpin, is joining a crew of eight in early November to attempt to beat the 32 day world record for rowing across the Atlantic from Gran Canaria to Barbados – a distance of 2598 nautical miles!

He is raising money for the new hut – please sponsor him.

Once the boat leaves the safety of the harbour, the team will be on their own and at the mercy of the elements. We hope that Stephen  will be able to make use of all the experiences he gained through Scouting to ensure that he and his colleagues make it safely across the Atlantic.

We will keep you updated about his progress.

Background image released into the Public Domain by Bruce Emmerling