UK team The Four Oarsmen break Atlantic rowing record

UK team The Four Oarsmen break Atlantic rowing record

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A new world record for rowing the Atlantic has been set by four amateur British rowers, who have raised £250,000 for charity in the process.

The Four Oarsmen arrived at Antigua on Saturday after spending 29 days and 15 hours at sea for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, crossing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

Organisers say it is the fastest row in the history of the 20-year-old race, and breaks the world record.

The group – George Biggar, Dicky Taylor, Peter Robinson and Stuart Watts – covered 2,644 nautical miles (3,042 miles) in what is dubbed the world’s toughest row.

Mr Biggar, 32, an amateur endurance athlete, told Sky News it was “amazing” to complete the race in record time.

Mr Watts, 34, told Sky News: “We had an almost perfect race.

“When you add in the anxiety, the fact it’s a race, and you’re constantly checking every four hours in to see how everyone’s doing then in context with each other, it puts more pressure on you as a team.”

“We have so much respect for the other teams that are doing it.”

The team were raising money for Mind in memory of Mr Biggar’s mother Anne Fisher, who suffered lifelong mental health problems before she died in 2011, aged 54.

Ms Fisher, who was a trustee for her local Mind branch, drowned in the sea near the family home in the Lake District.

Mr Biggar spoke about his mother’s struggle to local media before the race, telling the Westmorland Gazette that he had visited her grave for “inner strength” during training.

Funds raised by the group will also go to Spinal Research, in support of Mr Robinson’s friend Ben Kende, once a rising rugby star, who suffered a spinal cord injury in August 2010.

The previous record was set by the 2016 quartet Latitude 35, who completed the challenge in 35 days and 14 hours.

Lisa Everingham, global Talisker marketing manager, called the win “a truly unbelievable achievement”.

:: The Four Oarsmen are continuing to raise funds through their JustGiving page.

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