Thursday, August 31, 2006

North Atlantic row record

A british rower has become the fastest to cross the North Atlantic solo and unassisted.

Rob Munslow arrived at 10.29pm last night setting a new record of 64 days, 10 hours and 48 minutes for the gruelling row, which has taken him from St Johns in Canada to the Isles of Scilly.

After being greeted by his family and girlfriend Jenny, he declared: "It's been a fantastic journey."

Rob set off in June in his boat Carnegie X-Stream and said he was overwhelmed to have finished the challenge.

The 27-year-old, from Monmouthshire in Wales, has endured severe storms and was capsized twice along the route.

He also lost his water maker and had to survive on collecting rain water for more than half the journey.

He has already set a world record as part of the 2005 Vivaldi Atlantic Four when they completed the fastest unsupported row of the North Atlantic in just 39 days.

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