Friday 16 November 2018

Ocean oarsmen race for record

Caitrina Cody

FIVE Irishmen are hoping to smash world records when they set off today on a journey across the Atlantic Ocean from Gran Canaria to Barbados.

The five are attempting to beat the Guinness World Record for the fastest row across the Atlantic -- and aim to do it in 31 days or less.

The five are Peter Williams and Breffny Morgan, from Cork, Robert Byrne and Ryan Corcoran, from Bray, and Ian McKeever, from Dublin.

They are joined by nine British oarsmen and together, the 14-man crew of the 'La Mondiale' plan to beat the record of 33 days, seven hours and 30 minutes for the ocean crossing.

Corkman Peter Williams says he hopes to raise funds for Cancer Care West in the process and is determined to give it his best.

"I am fortunate enough to be fit and healthy and I'm going to give that record attempt everything," he said. "I might never have as good an opportunity again."

Meanwhile Dubliner Ian McKeever is preparing himself for a gruelling test of endurance. He has no previous rowing experience, but last year he overcame world records to successfully climb the seven summits of the world in the fastest time.

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