Stuart Connacher – Facing it

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Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2015: Competitor

Stuart Connacher, solo rower, will be joining other teams from around the globe that will row more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean, the Atlantic. They will head west from San Sebastiean in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua. Once they leave the safety of the harbour they’ll be on their own, on the vast ocean and at the mercy of the elements, until the race comes into its final stretch.






Stuart is rowing across the Atlantic, why? Because every child deserves to smile. After attending a talk by renowned South African adventurist, Peter van Kets, Stuart knew he was ready to attempt the impossible to create not just local but international awareness of the plight of disadvantaged South African children suffering from treatable facial deformities.

Stuart Connacher from Facing It, will be rowing “Another Mile For A Proudly South African Smile” in order to raise much needed funds for the day to day expenses involved in the numerous operations being performed throughout South Africa on children with facial abnormalities.

He leaves South Africa on the 25th of November and race day is on on the 15 December 2015. Stuart is entering the Transatlantic Talisker Whiskey Challenge in the Solo Pure Category.

But with every profile we put on Awesome South Africans, there is always a cause attached and Stuart will rowing for two organisations to raise funds and awareness:


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I have had the priviledge of growing up at the sea and enjoying all it has to offer, fishing, diving, surfing, but strangely enough never any paddling or rowing!

About 12 odd years ago a friend suggested I look up a race in which an old friend of his fathers was competing. Turned out to be the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The concept looked crazy to me although it sparked an interest at the time. Again, around 4 years ago I attended a talk by Peter Van Kets which was confirmation for me that I wanted to take part.

The thing is, I am very lucky to have 5 beautiful children who range from 26 to 3months! I often lie awake at night thinking about what is left in the world to discover. Many years ago , you could gather a few crews and head off into the abyss on a journey of discovery, but no longer! Apart from space travel which is very limited, the children of today are not really left with these challenges, and things to discover. They get a number, followed by a degree , and that is it, their future is decided!

The Challenge allows me to discover, not only a new world out there, but ourselves, our fear, the beauty of our oceans that we humans are busy destroying and hopefully the thing that means the most to us all, Living Life! This is a huge privilege. I have no real knowledge of the sea, navigation, rowing and the real challenges that lie ahead, but look forward to the journey of discovery and learning. We recently lost the father of our Nation, Nelson Mandela, and hopefully during our journey we can continue his legacy of putting smiles on the faces of all young South Africans.To quote Nelson Mandela, “what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”

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