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‘The Four Oarsmen’ break the world record in Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

GB team ’The Four Oarsmen’ have made history in this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, beating the previous four man record and becoming the fastest team in history to row across the Atlantic Ocean.


’The Four Oarsmen’ conquered the 3,000 mile row in 29 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes, beating the current world record by 2 days and race record by 5 days - beating 20 teams from 13 other countries to the finish line in Antigua.

The team, Dicky Taylor (32), George Biggar (32), Peter Robinson (32) and Stuart Watts (34), arrived in Antigua on Friday night having rowed in shift patterns of two hours on, two hours off while battling howling winds and 40ft waves.

‘The Four Oarsmen’ break the world record in Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

'The Four Oarsmen'

It’s been an unprecedented finish for the first crews in with only 17 hours separating the top four teams, with Team Antigua coming in on Saturday morning. Following close behind was Swiss Mocean, who enter the Guinness World Records as the first ever Swiss team to cross the Atlantic, arriving just a few hours behind Team Antigua.

Within 17 hours of the winners came the phenomenal, Flying Dutchman, Mark Slats - a solo rower who has taken days off the solo world record. The fastest man to cross the Atlantic, Mark averaged 17.5 hours rowing a day and capsized over 30 times.

The race continues with 17 teams still to finish - click here to track the progress of the remaining rowers.