Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen has arrived in Guyana

“It’s amazing what can be achieved when people come together.” – Commonwealth Row.

The Commonwealth Row is about raising awareness of the Commonwealth amongst us 2.4 billion citizens. The objective is to row the Atlantic Ocean without leaving the Commonwealth. The aim is to raise much needed money for some of the best charities and foundations operating within the Commonwealth, those that are helping people, health, education and enterprise. As well as financial help, persons involved, like Richard Allen, will be giving physical assistance to the charities where possible in-country, getting first-hand experience of their work and seeing where kind donations are going.

The Guyana Foundation is pleased to introduce you to Mr. Richard Allen, a former Royal Marines Commando of the British Army who have served in some of the most extreme, hostile, and remote places on earth, including jungles, deserts and the Arctic; and travelled further during his own adventures. Over the years, Richard set about testing the possibility of how far one person with a small bag could travel around the world without the use of a plane. Heading east, he did eventually make it back to his front door, having travelled through places and countries such as France, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Tunisia, Malta, Greece, Rhodes, Turkey, Cyprus, Egypt, Jordon, Saudi Arabia, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Iran, Pakistan, Over The Karakoram Highway, China, Lao, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, East Timor, Australia, Tahiti, Easter Island, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia, and Trinidad & Tobago.

Richard began on a solo and unsupported journey in December 2018, which has covered over 3000 miles from Sierra Leone, West Africa to Guyana, South America with the sole aim of raising awareness of the Commonwealth in collaboration with the Guyana Foundation. He was assisted on his journey by Mr. Simon Rowell, who is a Meteorologist for the British Sailing Team since 2015, and forecaster for the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race since 2011, to name just two of his posts. Simon lives and breathes ocean weather, racing and endurance. His knowledge of meteorology coupled with his ocean-going experience as winning skipper of the 2002 Clipper Round the World Race and the 2005 assistant race director will give us the best chance possible of successfully rowing the 3000-mile journey.

 The Boat named "Tamu'kke" is the Patamona language of the Indigenous people of Guyana, meaning "Together or United." It was equipped with solar panels so that Richard was able to charge his batteries and in order for him to communicate via satellite with Simon. Richard arrived on the shores of Guyana on Wednesday afternoon, 27 February, at approximately 6:45 pm.

No matter where or how far, no matter good, bad or indifferent, it’s always people that makes a place what it is.

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen announcing his arrival with flares.

Commonwealth Rower, Richard Allen announcing his arrival with flares.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

The boat, Tamu’kke, as it approaches land.

Richard’s mother, Ms. Sheila waved as she is excited and emotional at the same time to see her son. Next to her is Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden.

Richard’s mother, Ms. Sheila waved as she is excited and emotional at the same time to see her son. Next to her is Founder of the Guyana Foundation, Supriya Singh-Bodden.

A section of the gathering at the MARAD wharf to welcome Richard.

A section of the gathering at the MARAD wharf to welcome Richard.

Richard being flocked by the media.

Richard being flocked by the media.

The boat, Tamu’kke, presently at the front of the Marriott Hotel on exhibition.

The boat, Tamu’kke, presently at the front of the Marriott Hotel on exhibition.