Atlantic Rowing Record Attempt Could Put Islands In Media Spotlight

atlantic rowersThe islands may be in the international media spotlight next year.

That’s if two Dorset men achieve their goal of making the record books for the fastest row across the Atlantic.

Chris Walters and Elliott Dale have already completed a 48-day row from the Canaries to Barbados as part of a four-strong crew in 2011.

Elliot says after that trip, they vowed “never again” but after a conversation in the pub one night, two of the team decided to challenge the West-to-East Atlantic crossing record, which was set in 1896 by two Norwegians, Samuelson and Harbo.

They rowed the 3,246 miles from New York to Scilly in 55 days.

The pair, who are both in their 50’s, hope to set off on June 6th in their boat ‘Row 4 Precious Lives.’

They’ve visited the islands previously as members of the Lyme Regis gig crew and Elliott says the warmth of welcome he is expecting when he reaches Scilly will keep him focussed on the task.

He says they’re prepared for coping with the extreme boredom of the row and seeing nothing but sea for days.

The men are raising money for one of the islands’ favourite charities, the Little Harbour children’s hospice.

They intend to row on to the hospice in St Austell once they break the record, although Elliot says they’ll probably just want to get into the pub by that time!

2 Responses to Atlantic Rowing Record Attempt Could Put Islands In Media Spotlight

  1. Alana Marie Smith September 30, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Hello Tom

    The 2010 record was broken by a 4 person team. Chris and Elliott are looking to be the first two people to break 55 days and 8 hours for New York to the Isles of Scilly since Harbo and Samuellson in 1896.

  2. Tom September 25, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    They’ll have to go some extra to beat the 55 day record, especially as there has been a new record since the summer of 2010 of 43 days, 21 hours, 26 minutes and 48 seconds of Team Artemis, who finished in Scilly. Think this team needs to look into it a little more.