Lyme Regis Men Prepare For Transatlantic Record Attempt

atlantic rowersThe boat which two veteran rowers will use in a record-breaking trans Atlantic row attempt leaves for New York today.

Chris Walters and Elliott Dale, who are both aged in their 50s, are aiming to beat the 55 day crossing from the Big Apple to Scilly, set by Norwegian pair, Samuelson and Harbo in 1896.

The Lyme Regis Gig Club rowers have already completed a 48-day row from the Canaries to Barbados as part of a four-strong crew in 2011.

And Elliot says they are taking preparations in their stride because they know what to expect.

The men are undertaking the challenge to fundraise for the Precious Lives Appeal, which supports three children’s hospices in the South West.

They’re hoping to raise at least £300,000. A Dutch family trust has already pledged €30,000 to the appeal and Elliot says he’s also been raising money through his participation in historic rallies.

Elliot is hoping to visit Scilly twice this year. He’ll be here next week as a Lyme Regis Gig Club rower in the Friday mens super-veterans race and again in the summer when he finishes the challenge from New York.

Elliot says their boat is a bit more hi-tech than the one Samuelson and Harbo set their record in, and he’s hoping to make the crossing in 50 days or less. That means they should reach the islands by 24th July.