SANDRA and John Andrews of the ??Chippie? at Horrabridge have announced their continued sponsorship of the Mayflower Offshore Rowing Club based at the Mountbatten Water Sport Centre, Turnchapel, Plymouth. Sandra and John have for many years, since the club was founded by Tony Lovering, supported the club with donations to assist with the purchase of equipment for their sport and as such have received various advertising on their boats at their sea races. Because of the work put in at the club by chairman Geoff Hammond, captain Tony Lovering and secretary Paul German, the club has expanded, with lots of youngsters wanting to take up the sport. As such, they needed to purchase some new double sculls as the ARA, the sport?s governing body, do not allow juniors to row with a single blade ? they have to use a double scull to learn the sport. Sandra and John readily agreed to support their Sportsmatch bid for the necessary funds and the application has been a resounding success with the lottery funds coming from Sport England?s Sportsmatch Funds, where they will match any monies given by businesses that support voluntary sports clubs. As a result of the Sportsmatch Grant and Sandra and John?s generosity, the club has been able to place an order for two new French Yole 25s (double sculls), eight new hatchet Croker blades from Simms Racing Boats in London and a brand spanking new trailer to carry the two boats all over this country and abroad when the club visit their colleagues in France and Jersey. The club?s executive committee hope to be able to take delivery of all the equipment at the end of June. They hope to be able to have a grand launching ceremony at the Mountbatten Centre and be ready in time for their big event, the fourth Eddystone Challenge. If anyone would like to take up the sport of sea rowing at any age, male or female, then contact Tony on 01822 614186 or visit their website,">