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