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Procorre backs Ocean Valour, the youngest ever unsupported transatlantic rowing team

Named “Ocean Valour”, the two-man team of 23 year old Tom Rainey and 24 year old Sam Coombs is currently preparing for their three-month trip, leaving from New York in May 2015, to row across the Atlantic to Salcombe in Devon.

The expedition aims to raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity, a cause close to Tom’s heart having lost his father to a brain tumour in 2012.

Both marine sciences graduates from Plymouth University, Rainey and Coombs  now both specialise in ocean floor surveying – Rainey in the oil and gas industry in particular. 

This is the first charity effort ever sponsored by Procorre, and it is planned that it will be the start of a wider corporate social responsability programme as the consultancy grows.

Sophie Sarratt, Relationship Manager at Procorre says, “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Ocean Valour team in their bid to row the Atlantic to raise money for such an excellent cause.”

“We hope that our backing will help them in taking on this major challenge so that they can raise vital funds for brain tumour research, awareness and support.”

“For us, getting involved with Ocean Valour is very exciting. As well as supporting a very worthy cause, we were also interested by the project management aspect of getting a project on this scale up and running, something that has resonance with the skills required by the consultants we work with.”

“Tom and Sam’s link with the oil & gas industry, a sector in which we are very active, also seemed to make enormous sense for us.”

“We are sure that many of our oil and gas industry consultants will be watching Tom and Sam’s progress with interest - and may even want to get involved in some way.”

“We wish them both all the very best in their last few weeks of preparation.”

Procorre add that Rainey and Coombs are both very passionate about fighting climate change and protecting the environment, and mapping and surveying plays a key part in their work.

During the crossing, they will be surveying and observing micro plastics and rubbish that collect in the North Atlantic, with special attention to the North Atlantic Garbage patch and the Sargasso Sea.

Sophie Sarratt of Procorre added, “As if the challenge of crossing the ocean weren’t enough, Tom and Sam will also be putting their professional skills to work, making an important contribution to the protection of the marine ecological system.  Understanding how much plastic remains in the ocean and where it ends up is critical to encouraging countries to reduce waste or dispose of it properly so that it doesn’t end up choking wildlife or contaminating seawater with bacteria.”

“Using technical skills like Tom and Sam’s to achieve a larger goal is key to Procorre’s way of working.”


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