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Rowers succeed in first around-Britain attempt

JULY 6 - A team of four men on Monday became the first ever to row non-stop around mainland Britain, reaching London’s Tower Bridge after nearly 27 days at sea.

The group, aboard its 23-foot boat, Outward Bound, rowed an average of more than 70 miles per day, according to a BBC news report. The men began their journey June 7.

The crew, led by Lt. William de Laszlo, 26, survived Force 8 gales and up to 50-foot waves in the Irish Sea, the report says. Winds nearing 30 mph at one point blew the team backwards. Two oars were smashed when the boat capsized near Scarborough, in northeast England.

The rest of the team are Lt. Ben Jesty, 24; Sgt. James Bastin, 34; and Will Turnage, 25. Laszlo, Jesty and Bastin are Grenadier Guards, a regiment in the British army, based in Windsor, England. Turnage, a civilian, is from Hants, England.

This was the first attempt at a non-stop circumnavigation of Britain in a rowing boat, the report says, because of currents, winds and crowded shipping lanes.

The crew used the project to raise money for The Outward Bound Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research.

Jason Fell