Team Indian Ocean 3100 arrives in Mauritius

The four-man crew that set out on a record breaking row across the Indian Ocean from arrived at Constance Belle Mare Plage on Thursday 8 July.

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100

The crew of Team Indian Ocean 3100 after arriving in Mauritius

James Kayll, Ollie and Ed Wells, and Tom Kelly were all given a great welcome by their families and friends, journalists and our Constance staff.

This marked the end of an epic journey across the Indian Ocean, one that only 11 boats had previously completed.

Find out more about the charities the team were supporting, and how Constance Hotels Experience sponsored Team Indian Ocean 3100.

Constance Hotels Experience sponsors Team Indian Ocean 3100

3100 rowing team

James Kayall, Ollie and Ed Wells, Tom Kelly row across Indian Ocean

A four-man crew set out on the Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2011 from Geraldton, Western Australia on 22 April, aiming to cross the Indian Ocean to Mauritius in record time.

At Constance, we’ve been eagerly awaiting their arrival on 6 or 7 July.

The rowers should complete their record attempt at Grand Bay Yacht Club, situated in a beautiful bay in the north of Mauritius and which has a long tradition of welcoming foreign sailors visiting the island.

The crew consists of James Kayll, Ollie and Ed Wells, and Tom Kelly, and is aiming to raise £100,000 from the public for four charities:

  • Mark Evison Foundation
  • Light Dragoons Charitable Trust (The Colonel’s Fund)
  • Compassion UK
  • Access Sport.

The scale of the challenge is enormous – only 11 boats have ever successfully
completed the crossing. They are also rowing without the usual aid of a support vessel.

The race is organised by Woodvale Challenge Ltd from the UK.

We’ll update you with the story of their crossing once they’ve arrived in Mauritius.

Record breaking row across the Indian Ocean

The crew getting ready to row across the Indian Ocean

The crew getting ready to row across the Indian Ocean

Constance Hotels Experience is delighted to be on the key sponsors of the 3100 rowing race from Australia to Mauritius this year.

In just 6 days time, 11 people are going to undertake the monumental – and potentially record-breaking task of rowing boats across the Indian Ocean.

Sponsor the 3100 team here.

The team plans to row the 3100 miles from Australia to Mauritius in less than 68 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes. The scale of the challenge is immense: only eleven boats have so far successfully completed the crossing. They are also rowing without the usual aid of a support vessel.

Rowing the Indian Ocean

Some of Team Indian Ocean 3100

Starting out in Geraldton, Western Australia on 17th April, the expedition will see the four man crew suffer extreme fatigue, mental stress and intense isolation.

They risk crippling sores and the countless dangers involved in crossing a great Ocean in a small open craft. The adventurers will have minimal help from winds and currents, so will need to row in 2 hour shifts for 24 hours a day for almost ten weeks to complete their mission.

Dorset army officer James Kayll who serves with the Light Dragoons will be joined by Tom Kelly, and by brothers Oliver and Ed Wells. Capt Kayll has completed two tours of duty in Afghanistan, and will be raising money for the Light Dragoons and also for the charity set up in memory of a close friend who was killed in action ‚ The Mark Evison Foundation.

Our Communications Manager, Kelly Desiree, said: ‘We are very proud to be supporting such a great challenge and at the same time helping to raise money for two worthwhile charities. We wish the team the very best of luck and look forward to welcoming them to Mauritius at the end of their journey!’