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New ocean rowing record posted

JAN. 10 — Four men from England set a world record Sunday for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic in a rowing boat.

Justin Adkin, who is 26, Martin Adkin, 20, Robert Adkin, 23, and James Green, 24, all of Beer, England, completed the 2,550-nautical mile Atlantic Rowing Race — from the Canary Islands to Antigua — in 39 days, 3 hours, 32 minutes. The previous record of 40 days was set by a New Zealand team in 2003.

Martin Adkin, who turned 20 on Saturday, also became the youngest person to row across the Atlantic, news reports say. The men finished nearly 900 miles ahead of the next-closest crew.

“We had very good weather and stuck it out when other crews were trying to make it west,” Justin Adkin says in a news report. “We stuck south and dodged a lot of bad weather.”

Bad weather battered a number of the other crews, including Irishmen Gearoid Towey, 28, and Ciaran Lewis, 34, who had to be rescued after their boat overturned in rough seas. The men were rescued Sunday by the crew of a Spanish supertanker.

The race began Nov. 30 with nearly 60 competitors, divided into 26 teams, setting off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

—Jason Fell