Four Men In A Boat
Question: how long did it take four British amateur oarsmen to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean? Answer: An incredible 29 days and 15 hours. George Biggar, 32, Dicky Taylor, 32, Peter Robinson, 32 and Stuart Watts, 34, successfully completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean, and in doing so set a new world record, smashing the previous mark of 35 days. As well as the 3,000 mile distance, the crew, who rowed in pairs in two hour shifts, 24 hours a day, had to battle through sea sickness, 40ft waves and terrible food cravings. What’s more, the combination of a diet of filtered seawater and dehydrated food, along with expending all that energy, led to the record breakers shedding 38 kg between them during the month long row. So what was the first thing they did when they reached dry land? Eat lots of food of course, as Mr Taylor, an IT consultant from Corbridge in Northumberland, said: ‘We’ve all just had two full breakfasts, we had so much pizza last night and we’re all still hungry. We’ve been without sugar the whole time and just rowed on fat so the cravings have been huge.’ Mr Biggar, a property lawyer from London, added: ‘And tea all round…the amount of things you crave are amazing.’ If like the editor the reader is wondering why would anyone put themselves through such a challenge, the answer was to raise awareness and funds for two charities: Mind, a mental health charity; and Spinal Research. In all the four friends raised more than £250,000. As for the record, it turns out they did not set out to rewrite history as they were looking to complete the row in a ‘respectable’ 40 days. Now that’s what you call an ‘Oarsome Foursome’.