The Talisker Atlantic Challenge has come to an exciting close, with a world record being broken and a dramatic final sprint to the end.
The all-ametuer challenge is thought to be the world’s toughest rowing race but Andrew Brown, from the UK, battled massive waves, salt rashes, blisters and cramps and arrived in Barbados after 40 days, 9 hours and 44 minutes at sea. He is now the fastest man to row solo across the Atlantic, which is no mean feat. According to the event organisers, more people have been into space than have rowed across the Atlantic.
But three miles ahead of him, were rowing duo Toby Illes and nick Moore. As Andrew raced to catch up with them, the contest suddenly had a dramatic final sprint to the finish. Although this turned out to be the ‘closest finish’ seen in an endurance contest like this, the rowing duo won the challenge.
Their time of 40 days, 9 hours, 15 minutes at seas meant they just missed out on breaking the world record for a pair rowing across the Atlantic.
After spending 40 days at sea and travelling 3000 miles, all the competitors must be commended for completing the contest.