Captain Sam Greenly, 28 is the youngest of three Greenly boys and has followed in the footsteps of his father and older brother by serving in the army, with the Scots Guards. Harry took full advantage of Sam’s organisational skills and trusted him with anything and everything admin related and most importantly of all checking and rechecking the inventory of what was needed on the boat. If it wasn’t for Sam, the boys would have probably missed the start having left half their food back in London. Sam knew how to save a situation, whether it was fixing the row lock using a metal rod from a back brace or ranking up the volume to Shania Twain’s greatest hits when everyone needed a boost.
Sam’s experience of being on long tours with the army in varying conditions put him in good stead for spending over a month at sea. However, Sam had go get over his fear of swimming in open water first, not a great trait to have when you need to clean the bottom of the boat to stop little fish and then bigger fish feeding on the plankton below. This was overcome by selflessly allowing one of the other rowers to jump in first, acting as a guinea pig to check for any sharp teeth before giving him the all clear.
The reason that Sam agreed to put his body on the line rowing through 30 foot waves in 35-degree heat with no wind was because the charity was very close to his heart. He had seen first-hand the sadness and grief it had caused one of his closest friends and family. Mental health was always a cause that he took a keen interest in and he hoped that one day he would be able to help in some way. This was later emphasised when he joined the army where he learnt about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the horrendous effects it has had on the young men and women who have fought in armed conflict over the years.
Before the row, Sam was unaware of the importance of emotions and feelings and how much they affect people. He has learnt that they are something that people shouldn’t shy away from and that people need to be aware of not only their own feelings but the feelings of others even if they look healthy and well on the outside.
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