The five crew members, who are part of the Rannoch Women’s Challenge, ended their 48 day rowing challenge in Falmouth today, pulling into the docks at 5am to be greeted by their friends and family.
The Rannoch ladies, who started their challenge in New York, before heading to the Scilly Isles and finishing in Falmouth, completed their challenge in 48 days, 13 hours and 49 minutes and made history by breaking two world records - one for being the first all women’s crew to cross the classic West to East Atlantic route and the other for having the youngest female to compete the route. The crew also raised over £800 for Youth Sport Trust International.
The formidable quintet was led by skipper, Guin Batten (48), an Olympic medallist who took a sabbatical from her work at the Youth Sport Trust to row alongside Molly Brown (20), RYA youth team, sailing school instructor and oceanography student; Alex Holt (26), Sport marketing professional and water ski instructor; Gilly Mara (34), Team GB wild water racer, engineer and Youth Sport Trust athlete mentor in schools; and Mary Sutherland (36), Graphic & web designer, mountaineer and sailor.
Confined to a small space on board ‘Liberty of Essex’, one of the fastest rowing boats in the world, the crew took it turns to row in two hour shifts enduring challenging weather conditions across the Atlantic. The Rannoch crew have been sharing details of their journey, which started in New York 48 days ago, on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Helen Vost, Director of Youth Sport Trust International said: “We are so proud of the Rannoch Women’s team for completing their epic challenge; they are true role models for all women across the country. We’re also very grateful that they chose to raise money for Youth Sport Trust International, which will support our sport for development work to improve the life chances of young people around the world.”
The campaign is being managed by Charlie Pitcher, who has completed two solo Atlantic crossings, one in record time, and spent 15 years in international yacht racing for Great Britain.