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Irish/British Rowers Set New World Record in Atlantic Challenge

31st January 2022
Charlotte Harris (left) and Jessica Oliver
Charlotte Harris (left) and Jessica Oliver rowed their boat Wild Waves to a new world record in the Caribbean last week

An Irish/British duo with no prior rowing experience have set a world record as the fastest women’s pair to row across the Atlantic, according to Row Report.

Jessica Oliver — who has Irish connections — and Charlotte Harris set a time of 45 days, seven hours and 25 minutes in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Challenge.

They arrived in Antigua and Barbuda last Wednesday 26 January at the end of a gruelling 3,000-natical-mile route from the Canary Islands.

The pair, who have so far raised more than £43,000 (€51,500) for their chosen charities, set a record-worthy pace in their boat Wild Waves despite the lack of following wind, not to mention dealing with a capsize mid-ocean — and a perilous shark encounter.

They’re not the only British/Irish pair in the transatlantic challenge, meanwhile, as the Tideway Odyssey duo of Saf Greenwood and Victoria Carroll — granddaughter of rowing coach Noel Casey — are less than 430 nautical miles from the finish.

Row Report has more on the story HERE.

Published in Rowing Team

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