One amazing day on Scilly

Posted on Aug 6th 2014
The triumphant rowers of the Atlantic Challenge climb the steps of St Mary's Quay after 60 days at sea

Today has been one truly amazing day on the Isles of Scilly. On this beautifully warm and sunny morning, after 60 days and 6 minutes at sea, Chris 'Darby' Walters and Elliot Dale rowed into the history books by setting a new world record for crossing the Atlantic in a modern ‘open class’ pairs boat.

The intrepid duo left New York on June 7th and rowed 3,246 miles through some atrocious conditions to the Isles of Scilly raising money for Children’s Hospice South West(CHSW) in their boat, "Row 4 Precious Lives". 

A flotilla of local boats packed full of Scillonians and lucky holiday makers watched the pair, who hail from Lyme Regis in Dorset, row their final strokes into St. Mary's Harbour where they were given a rousing welcome as they stepped onto St Mary's Quay and greeted by Harbour Master Dale Clark and their families. 

Precious Lives Atlantic Challenge 2014 set off in the footsteps of the historic rowing pair, George Harbo and Frank Samuelson who crossed the Atlantic in just 55 days back in 1896. The route from New York to the Isles of Scilly is considered to be the hardest route to cross the Atlantic, and Chris and Eliott are only the second pair in the world ever to have achieved this incredible row.

Although they did not beat the 55-day historic ocean rowing record, Chris and Elliot have today rowed into the ocean rowing record books by setting the fastest time for a pair of rowers from New York to the Scilly Isles in an open class rowing boat! 

Find out more about their challenge or donate to their great cause, by going to the Children's Hospice South West's website


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