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Ex-Sas Man in Atlantic Rowing Record Bid

07 May 2004

An ex-SAS diver from Wales is among a four-man British team that plans to smash the 100 year old world speed record for rowing unsupported west to east across the Atlantic in a carbon fibre vessel.

The four amateur rowers will attempt the 2,100 mile slog from Newfoundland, Canada to Falmouth, Cornwall, in the high tech 10-metre boat Pink Lady.

They must complete the crossing in less than 55 days to break the record set in 1896 by two Norwegian fishermen and equalled 17 years ago by Briton Tom McClean.

Firefighter Mark Stubbs, 40, from Poole, Dorset; Times journalist Jonathan Gornall, 48, from London; digital mapping specialist John Wills, 33, from Guildford in Surrey; and ex-SAS diver Pete Bray, 44, from South Wales will set off in July.

They will carry all provisions for the trip on board the aerodynamic carbon fibre vessel named after their sponsors Pink Lady apples. The 35-day record for the east-west crossing, from the Canary Islands to Martinique in the West Indies, was set by 11 Frenchmen in 1992.

Ex-SAS diver Mr. Peter Bray, 47, from South Wales, described the attempt as ""an amazing challenge"".

""The boat is capable and we are capable of doing it. We will row for 24 hours a day - two men on, two men off, rowing for two hours on, two hours off,"" said Mr Bray.

After the Atlantic attempt, he is also planning to canoe across the Pacific.






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