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If you are part of the team that has just rowed across the Atlantic in less than 30 days – how do you celebrate ? With a cup of tea and enough food to feed an army!
Friends Dicky Taylor, George Biggar, Peter Robinson and Stuart Watts – also known as The Four Oarsmen – crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge just after 2am on the morning of Saturday 13th January 2018.
They rowed into English Bay, Antigua, after 29 days and 15 hours at sea, beating the previous record by six days.
When back on dry land the four said that whilst it was great to see their family and friends, digging into pizza and burgers was a fantastic feeling, and not forgetting a good old-fashioned brew.
Mr Taylor 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.”
The four team members lost a combined 38kg which is virtually 6 stone, during the race.
The quartet entered the 3,000 mile race as a fundraiser for charities Mind and Spinal Research UK, in memory of Mr Biggar’s mother Anne Fisher and in support of Mr Robinson’s friend Ben Kende. Mr Biggar said: “We set out with it as a charity initiative for two charities. Anne Fisher , although a successful lawyer suffered from severe depression and in 2011 was found washed up on the beach near their home. The other chosen charity was selected after Mr Robinson’s friend Ben Kende, a rising star of Hong Kong rugby, suffered a spinal cord injury in 2010. The accident left Mr Kende tetraplegic with limited use of his arms and no use of his legs. He was only 18 when this life changing injury happened.
So far The Four Oarsmen have raised over £250,000 for charity When the team started out they were one of 25 teams taking part and expected just to complete the task in about 40 days but they progressed well on their challenge and soon the record was in their sights. In fact family members had to rebook flights so that they could arrive at the finish destination to greet them.
The Race organisers said they believed the quartet completed the fastest Atlantic row of all time, as well as in race history.
The four friends were however unanimous over their decision not to take part in the race again, commenting that anyone else was welcome to break their record.