Atlantic Rowing Record Attempt Could Put Islands In Media Spotlight
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!