Novice oarsmen set record in charity bid
Published 01/08/2011 | 05:00
A GROUP of 'novice' oarsmen set a record by rowing from the Isle of Man to County Louth in just under 12 hours.
Hundreds turned out on the quays in Drogheda to welcome home the charity rowers 'Oars of Hope', after they pulled through the waves over 70 nautical miles from Manx to Boyne's Bank's in a record 11 hours and 56 minutes.
The crew took up the challenge in an effort to raise €20,000 for three local charities -- and look set to beat that target.
Crew spokesman Stuart Heaslin, who is a postman in the town, said he was overwhelmed and elated by the number of townspeople who turned up to greet the 15-member crew.
The oarsmen were accompanied by a flotilla of boats and there was a fly-past by seven light aircraft from the National Microlight Association of Ireland.
Mr Heaslin said conditions were "near perfect" for the rowers and their four support vessels, after having endured an "absolutely horrible experience" crossing to the Isle of Man two days earlier.