Crew attempts fastest row across the Atlantic

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A crew of four rowers from the United Kingdom left Liberty Landing Marina in New Jersey at 9 a.m. Sunday in their 29-foot ocean rowing boat. They plan to row across a North Atlantic route to the Isles of Scilly, their homeland, according to a recent press release.

The team, which consists of Chris Jenkins, Tim Garratt, Wayne Davey and Joby Newton, rowed across the start line adjacent to the Statue of Liberty, headed down the Hudson River and made their way into open water. They plan to spend the next 55 days making their way back home.

The journey is a tribute to two Norwegian fisherman, George Harboe and Gabriel Samuelson, who first rowed this epic route in 1896. Their record of 55 days still stands and is the target time for the crew.

Progress of the voyage can be tracked at www.woodvale-challenge.com.

— Elizabeth Ellis