Day 27 – The Team Behind The Team

Laura Penhaul By

Day 27 – The Team Behind The Team

Although we might be the girls that are doing the physical rowing of Doris, there is a great team behind us that without them, we would not have reached where we are today. Over the coming weeks I’ll be posting about each person that has generously contributed endless amounts of time and effort to support us throughout this project, people that we are ever indebted too and humbled by their support.

To kick start the proceedings; Miss Ella Hewton, without her involvement our stories aboard Doris would never be shared. Ella is our social media queen! Constantly uploading the emails that we send to her as our daily blogs, and keeping Facebook and Twitter active with our antics. Knowing that our story is being shared and followed , is certainly giving us some motivation and enjoyment on Doris. To update those of you that don’t know Ells, Ella is a 24year old Loughborough Graduate who lives in the bootiful Taunton. Ells previously worked with Ben Hunt-Davis for ‘Will it make the boat go faster’ a concept that was originally conceived amongst his 8 crew to win Gold for GB Rowing in Sydney and has since been applied to business management schemes. Ells has been involved with the Coxless Crew and influential to the development of the project for the last 2 years. There was a time when Ella was going to be on the boat with us, but after the row got postponed from 2014, Ells was unable to commit to the training etc. for the following year. She did however, offer her ongoing support in the preparations and whilst at sea and has without a doubt gone above and beyond to do this daily in her spare time.

Ella is a wonderful personality; constantly positive, nothing is ever too much trouble and she is so supportive and loyal to everyone she knows. Ells is the epitome of what the Coxless Crew are and she definitely reflects our team S.P.I.R.I.T. Thank you Ella for all that you do and the constant enthusiasm and support you’ve given us. We love you and can’t wait to celebrate with you on completion. Xx

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Thoughts of Ella from the team:
Izzy – I haven’t known Ella for as long as some of the other girls, but what I do know is that she is extremely generous with her time and shares her fun with everyone she meets. I still can’t believe how much work she is doing on a daily basis to support us while we are at sea.

Emma – Ella is definitely the 7th member of our team and we wouldn’t be able to share our experiences with the world without her. Thanks Ells you’re an absolute legend and we can’t wait to celebrate with you when we get home.

Nat – Ella is amazing!! I love love love her… So easy to be around, positive, passionate and enthusiastic. It’s been great working with her on social media and website stuff and I’m so grateful to her for helping out whilst I’m unable to coordinate this. She’s a superstar x

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5 Comments

  1. Robert says:

    I’m sure your shore team do the best job they can. But perhaps if your 4 great minds had been doing the planning & problem solving and experiencing the consequences of your decisions, by experiment & observation you may have arrived at courses of action that would have already put you within easy reach of Hawaii? Take responsibility for your own destinies. Think outside the box. Open your minds to new ideas, you are the captains of your vessel!

  2. Johnnie says:

    Brilliant last 24 hours – is that the record for one day? Love all the detail stuff about buckets and food and the impact thereof.

    My experience of endurance at sea is that whilst the physical challenge is immense it’s how you deal with the minutiae of living together. You seem to be doing an amazing job.

    Keep at it.

  3. Jim Andrews says:

    Every team member is vital and it is great that you are acknowledging that fact. Every little detail that has gone into the planning and preparation for this challenge is down to some individual sorting it and making sure that it happens. Great progress girls, you are ALL doing great. X

  4. Jim Andrews says:

    Every team member is vital and it is great that you are acknowledging that fact. Every little detail that has gone into the planning and preparation for this challenge is down to some individual sorting it and making sure that it happens. Great progress girls, you are ALL doing great. XX

  5. Andrea Herr says:

    Ella sounds absolutely delightful! I can fully understand how “The Team Behind the Team” are so important to the Coxless Crew, and am looking forward to read and learn more about them!! You go girls!!! X

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