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Britons Bid for Atlantic Rowing Record

Wed 30 Jun 2004

By Lesley Richardson, PA News

Four British oarsmen were today set to attempt to row their way into the record books by becoming the fastest to cross the Atlantic.

Skipper Mark Stubbs, 40, from Poole, in Dorset, Jonathan Gornall, 48, from London, Pete Bray, 48, from South Wales, and John Wills, 33, from Surrey, are due to set off from St John’s, in Newfoundland, at 1pm UK time in their hi-tech pink rowing boat.

They will cross 2,100 miles of cold and unpredictable ocean, facing dangers such as icebergs and treacherous storms.

But, the team are confident they will smash the current 55 day west-east Atlantic speed record by at least 10 days and become the first rowers to cross the Atlantic and land on the south coast.

The men, who have extensive Atlantic ocean rowing experience, will row in pairs for two hours at a time for at least 33 days.

The first 350 miles of the crossing will be the most dangerous as the crew head south towards the Gulf Stream.

There are four times the usual number of icebergs in the ocean near St John’s, some of them equivalent to the size of a small of a village.

They will also have to row across south westerly winds and negotiate the stormy Grand Banks and the shallow fishing grounds off the coast of Newfoundland.

Mr Stubbs said: “This ocean row is the culmination of six years of boat development and endurance training.

“We know that as soon as we pull our oars towards Falmouth and leave the harbour we will be in the arms of mother nature. The first 350 miles will probably be our hardest.”

The Pink Lady has been developed as the world’s most sophisticated ocean vessel of its kind. Tough, light and aerodynamic, she is designed to cut quickly and cleanly through the waves, rough or smooth, and has a global positioning satellite system and a weather router to help avoid storms.

The Pink Lady Atlantic First rowers are hoping to raise £50,000 for the British Heart Foundation.

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