Pedalling for a purpose: crew cycle 'across' Atlantic Ocean

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An ambitious crew are attempting to cycle across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for the Heart Research Institute.

The 12-person crew will take turns on a stationary bike in order to pedal their way from the Netherlands to the island of St. Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean, a total of 4,736 nautical miles (8,771 kilometres.)

With the 55-metre superyacht, named the M/Y Gene Machine, having a cruising speed of 13 knots, the crew is required to cycle 516km per day and maintain a speed of 21.5km per hour, taking turns so that someone is pedalling every hour of the day.

The idea for the transatlantic cycle came about after Tasmanian Hannah Wallner, a crew member on board Gene Machine, lost her father to a heart attack on 20 October. In his honour, they’re raising money for the Heart Research Institute and the Ducks & Drakes Cancer Trust.

"Our objective is to raise both money and awareness for The Heart Research Institute and Ducks & Drakes Cancer Trust. I came up with the idea after losing my dad to a heart attack suddenly while home in Australia on holiday," says Hannah.  

"Although nothing will bring back my Dad, I wanted to do what I could in his memory as well as bring awareness to heart disease and raise money for research."

Both causes are closely linked to members of the crew who have lost friends and family through both cancer and heart disease,” says their fundraising page.

“The challenge we have set ourselves is to cycle the exact distance motor yacht Gene Machine will be covering on her transatlantic displacement voyage,” says Hannah.

Leaving the Amels Shipyard in Vlissingen, Holland on 24 November, the crew of M/Y Gene Machine have been cycling across the Atlantic Ocean from the Amels Shipyard in Vlissingen, Holland to the Island of St.Maarten in the Dutch Caribbean.

“We are collecting donations through Virgin Moneygiving, the total amount raised will be evenly divided between the Heart Research Institute and Duck & Drakes Cancer Trust.”

Support them on their journey at virginmoneygiving.com/genemachine 
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