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Four rowers have broken the record for the fastest time circumnavigating Great Britain – starting and finishing on the Thames.

The crew, known as the Islanders, took 26 days to row the 2,000-mile course and win the GB Row 2013 race. They share  £115,000 for winning the race and breaking the record.

Their exact time was 26 days, 9 hours and 9 minutes breaking the record by 12 hours.

The crew were Josh Taylor, aged 24, and Alan Morgan 23, both from Mersea Island in Essex, James Plumley, 24, from Guernsey, and Gavin Sheehan, 25, from Cork, in the Irish Republic.

Six other teams started the race on 1 June but four were forced to retire, mainly due to mechanical problems caused by rough seas. The only other remaining team is the two-man Savoir Faire, which is not expected to finish for at least another week.

The Islanders carried on, despite a snapped oar and also turned down medical assistance after Mr Sheehan hurt his back in huge waves in the Bristol Channel.Josh Taylor, the skipper, said he believed teamwork was the key to their success.

"We are four very competitive guys and we're very close, we're like a family now," he said.

When they returned to Tower Bridge after nearly a month at sea, the four-man crew were met by family and well wishers at the Royal Naval Reserve base, HMS President.

Story dated June 28th 2013

J Sutton
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