Rowers on course for world record

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Rowers on course for world record thumbnailThe crew of ‘Home to Portrush’ pictured prior to taking part in the ‘world’s toughest rowing race,’ the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. CC02-44s

A TEAM of enthusiastic amateurs from Portrush are on course to set a new world record in the 'world's toughest rowing race,' The Chronicle can reveal this week.
‘Home to Portrush' are currently lying fifth in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge which sees crews row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.
George McAlpin, Gareth Barton, Ally Cooper and Luke Baker have already confounded the experts but there will be no let up, according to team spokesperson Alan Simpson.
“I was chatting with George by satellite phone during the week and he was saying they still want to win the race," said Alan.
“It's incredible what they're doing, especially when you consider that most of the boats they're up against are experienced rowers.
“The pace they are going, the top five boats will set the world record set last year which is amazing. It's like someone just taking up golf and winning The Open!" he added.
The leading crews are expected to reach the finish in Antigua this weekend, well ahead of schedule and in the full glare of the world's media. But there is a more serious side to the race too - the north coast team is raising money for the Portrush Lifeboat and a number of other charities.
And they have received the backing of four-time Olympic rower and silver medal winner from London 2012 Alan Campbell in their bid to make history.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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