Rowers complete world record crossing


Rowers Tom Rainey and Lawrence Walters have arrived safely in Salcombe after an epic 93-day North Atlantic Ocean crossing from New York.

The duo was welcomed by hundreds of family and friends and thousands of supporters having completed the arduous 3,800-mile feat during which they have raised over £68,000 so far for the Brain Tumour Charity.

After setting off on May 3 and completing the journey on August 4, Tom, aged 24, and Lawrence, 23, are now the youngest ever team to row across the North Atlantic from mainland USA to mainland UK. The pair also set another world record on route after they rowed 112.5 nautical miles (129 miles) in 24 hours at the end of May, breaking the record by nearly 10 nautical miles.

Some of the most dangerous moments were when the boat capsized in mountainous sea swells, but, as designed, their 24-foot rowing boat, Yves, was able to self-right safely each time. They were also caught in an eddy of the Gulf Stream that pushed them in a giant circle for 10 days before they were able to escape and continue to make forward progress.

Suffering from the constant damp, sea sickness, tendonitis and salt sores as well as the routine aches and pains of 12 hours of rowing each, per day, Tom and Lawrence also had to contend with rationing their food and had less than one day of supplies remaining on arrival in the UK.

The rowers had an Ocean Signal SafeSea EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Response Beacon) attached to the boat, and also carried two rescueME PLB1s (Personal Locator Beacons) on their life jackets and an Ocean Signal SafeSea V100 emergency VHF.

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