Rowing team smashes transatlantic record

Four rowers have smashed a 114-year-old record by crossing the Atlantic in 43 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes.

The Artemis North Atlantic Rowing Challenge crew left New York on 17 June and touched the quayside at St Mary’s [Scilly Isles] just before 1500 BST.

The previous record, set in 1896 by Norwegians George Harbo and Frank Samuelson, stood at 55 days and 13 hours.

Skipper Leven Brown told BBC News it was a “pell-mell, helter-skelter” trip. “It’s been absolutely amazing and what a reception we’ve here in the Scillies,” the 37-year-old from Edinburgh said.

“The funniest thing for me was walking up the quayside – after more than six weeks of not walking my legs felt more than a bit unsteady.”

During the record attempt, the team survived 33ft-high (10m) waves, encountered whales and even rescued a man overboard…

Harbo and Samuelson set the previous record in 1896

Rowing with the skipper were Ray Carroll, 33, from Galway in Ireland, Don Lennox, 41, from Lanarkshire and 39-year-old Livar Nystad from the Faroe Islands.

Bravo! A world-class athletic feat – deserving every bit of recognition they receive.

Rowing has always been a favorite pastime of mine. Though as a lad it was most often associated with catching sufficient food for our family. 🙂

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