2005 record holders celebrate

Ten rowing crews have signed up for a gruelling 2,000 miles race around Britain chasing a £100,000 bounty.

More  crews are expected to join the GB Row 2013 setting off from Tower Bridge in June.

The aim is to beat the existing record of 26 days, 21 hours and 14 minutes set by a by a four-man Army crew in 2005.

As many as 15 boats are expected to take part in the race described by organizers as “the richest purse in rowing on flat water or ocean crossing”.

Race Director Chris Usborne said: “Amazingly for a seafaring nation, more people have walked on the moon than have successfully rowed around the British coastline.

“The crews will have to brave treacherous tides, the world’s busiest
shipping lanes and unpredictable weather. But the first crew that manages to beat the world record will receive a £100,000 prize plus £15,000 for winning. It’s certainly the biggest prize in open water rowing.”

Among the 10 boats already committed to next year’s race is a crew of four rowers from the three armed services, led by Major James Coleby, of the Coldstream Guards.

Former Royal Navy Commander David Hosking has also registered a four-man team who will be undergoing sea trials in December.

Other competitors also include Polar explorer and mountaineer Clare Shouksmith, who is leading a mixed crew of three men and a woman in their ocean rowing boat, Pure Gym.

Other teams racing around the UK coast include an eight-man crew, to be led by skipper Leven Brown, from Melrose in the Scottish Borders, who in 2010 set a new world record for rowing across the Atlantic, knocking 11 days off the previous best time.

Next year Leven, 40, will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in January, then race 2,000 miles around Britain in June, before flying to
Australia to row 5,000 miles across the Indian Ocean in July.

Story dated October 25th 2012

hambleden mill



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