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All Women Rowing Crew Close To Setting New Transatlantic Rowing Record

20th July 2016
Liberty of Essex, is expected to arrive in Falmouth on or around Wednesday July 27th Liberty of Essex, is expected to arrive in Falmouth on or around Wednesday July 27th

Five women are about to enter the record books after a 3,000 mile journey rowing across the Atlantic. They will become the first ever all-female crew to row the Atlantic from West to East, one of the longest and most difficult routes, having left New York on June 7th heading for Falmouth.

And it's all down to an advert placed online 2 years ago "Wanted: an all female team who have what it takes'.

Weather conditions permitting, their Rannoch Women’s Challenge boat, Liberty of Essex, is expected to arrive in Falmouth on or around Wednesday July 27th

The crew ranges from captain 49-year-old Guin Batten, who won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, through to 20-year-old oceanographer university student Molly Brown, who will become the youngest woman to have rowed the Atlantic.

Also on board are Alex Holt, a water-ski and snow ski instructor, Gilly Mara, one of the fastest ultra-kayakers in the UK who came into the sport after breaking her neck in a climbing accident, and Mary Sutherland, an accomplished offshore sailor and racer with several Fastnet and Atlantic crossings under her belt.

Assisted on-shore by Charlie Pitcher, whose company, Rannoch Adventures, built and supplied Liberty, their vessel. Charlie is the current world record holder for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic, having rowed it in 35 days in 2013 – East to West in 2013.

Published in Coastal Rowing

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