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Rowers create a new world record

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Rowers create a new world record thumbnailThe crew of ‘Home to Portrush’ have the flag to prove it - they have crossed the Atlantic. The four amateurs - Ally Cooper, Luke Baker, Gareth Barton and George McAlpin -finished in fifth place ahead of many more experienced teams. CC03-66s

PLANS are in place for a proper Portrush homecoming for the four amateur rowers who set a new record in the 'world's toughest rowing race' at the weekend.
The four strong crew of 'Home to Portrush' became the first NI team to complete the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge and in doing so came in under the previous world record set 12 months ago of 35 days, 14 hours and three minutes.
The quartet - George McAlpin, Gareth Barton, Ally Cooper and Luke Baker - crossed the 3,000 miles in 31 days, eight hours and 57 minutes to finish fifth out of 30 crews which began the race in the Canary Islands back in December.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle

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