Family from Windsor take part in rowing expedition to Zambia

Family from Windsor take part in rowing expedition to Zambia

Philip Dewey

Family from Windsor take part in rowing expedition to Zambia
(top left clockwise) Tim Cook with wife Louise, son Robbie, 17, daughter Beatrix, 11, and son Ollie, 24.

A family of rowers from Windsor has raised more than £10,000 in a 500km boat expedition across the Zambezi River in Africa.

Tim Cook, 53, and wife Louise, 50, of Clarence Road, took part in the trip of a lifetime along the stretch of river in Zambia as well as the largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba.

The couple, who have been married 26 years, were joined by their sons Jamie, 22, and Robbie, 17, along with a crew of 12 men and women.

Eton Excelsior Rowing Club member Tim said: "I led an expedition in 2011 on the Zambezi from Angola to Victoria Falls which was around 1,000km so I wanted to continue the journey.

"We called the expedition the Kariba Moon Row because we rowed continuously for 33 hours during the night, which was extremely hard work considering we were rowing into a headwind."

The crew encountered more than 1,000 hippos and 200 crocodiles on their journey in what is one of the most notorious areas in the world for crocodile attacks.

Tim, who works as a headhunter in London, said: "We had to be really careful, you couldn't put your hands in the river and we had guys in a spotter boat and radios on the boat so we could talk to each other.

"I wanted to make sure it was safe for the boys but they enjoyed it, they're very good rowers and they continually tried to row faster than their dad."

Tim and Louise, a midwife at Wexham Park Hospital, were not joined by their eldest son Ollie, 24, who is in the Great Britain Olympic rowing squad, and daughter Beatrix, 11, who has just started to row, on the expedition which took place last month.

More than £35,000 has been raised by the family over their numerous expeditions which has been donated to Village Water and Conservation Lower Zambezi.

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