The ORS Int. is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World Records


Pink Lady leaves harbour

Wed 30 Jun 2004

ST. JOHN'S Four British rowers left St. John's harbour Wednesday in an attempt to set a new record for rowing from North America to the United Kingdom.

The crew is already slightly behind schedule after it had to replace a low battery in a ten metre rowboat called the Pink Lady.

The boat relies on solar panels and batteries to provide drinking water for the crew, and power for the boat's steering system.

The delay meant the Pink Lady started its long journey three hours late. Crew-members, including Peter Bray, are still confident they can set a new record.

"It's just cut us back a few hours, that's all. But we'll still go for it and we'll still get it," he says.

The Pink Lady's skipper, Mark Stubbs, tried and failed to beat the record with a different crew last summer.

The record of 55 days was set by two Norwegian fishermen more than 100 years ago.

In 1896, they rowed from New York to the Isles of Scilly, south of Ireland.