Dec 12, 2017

Colin Sanders and Leven BrownColin Sanders with consultant Leven Brown in Puerto de Mogan

After a week of weather delays,A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017, a once in a lifetime 4,000- kilometre journey, began at first light on Sunday, December 10. Colin Sanders, 64, is rowing across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean to raise awareness and funds for Community Living Ontario, a family- based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families. Sanders’ adult son, Jeff, is supported by Community Living Campbellford/Brighton.

“Less than 30 people in the world have successfully rowed across the Atlantic by themselves,” added Sanders. “When I reach either Antigua or Barbados, I’ll be in pretty select company.”

Sanders arrived in Gran Canaria on November 18to make final preparations aboard Socks II, his 21-foot ocean rowboat. He had planned to leave the Canary Islands on Friday, December 1 but heavy winds from the wrong direction forced a delay.

Sanders is being assisted by Leven Brown, an ocean rowing consultant who has crossed the Atlantic and Indian oceans.

People are encouraged to donate to Community Living Ontario by visiting and

Community Living Ontario is a family-based association assisting people who have an intellectual disability and their families to lead the way in advancing inclusion in their own lives and in their communities.

A Million Possibilities: Solo Ocean Row 2017 is generously sponsored by Ocean’s, NiteIze, CSBT, McDougall Insurance and Financial, Frank Cowan Company, and Bollin Group Inc.