No headway for Tasman rowers

Posted: 12/28/2011 in all marine news

Waikato Times – 

Bad weather has pushed a team of Kiwi trans Tasman rowers back over the same spot for the third time.

The quartet of Team Gallagher Tasman rowers made up of Nigel Cherrie, James Blake, Waikato man Andrew McCowan and Berka have been battling brutal weather in the Tasman since leaving Sydney on November 27.

The rowers have also been contending with berka’s foot infection which put him off rowing duties for a few day from last Friday.

“For the last few days I haven’t been able to put any weight on the foot let alone row,” said Berka, a 37-year-old economics professor at Lincoln University in Wellington.

Berka has been injecting antibiotics intravenously after oral antibiotics didn’t help and took to rowing with a plastic bag over his foot to keep out water.

The team are raising money to help build the world’s biggest man made coral reef off the northern coast of Borneo, just east of Semporna.

The reef, in the shape of a nautilus, will providea home and hunting ground for a vast diversity of marine species.

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