Devon's Ocean Rowers Ready to Go

PUBLISHED: 09:48 20 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:18 20 February 2013

Allum Practice Row 2010 Left (front to back): Anne-Marie Chouinard, Guy Griffiths, Simon Chalk, Jennifer Weterings. Right (front to back): Anna Lewis, Kate Battes (Events Director, not part of crew), Shaun Pedley

Allum Practice Row 2010 Left (front to back): Anne-Marie Chouinard, Guy Griffiths, Simon Chalk, Jennifer Weterings. Right (front to back): Anna Lewis, Kate Battes (Events Director, not part of crew), Shaun Pedley

Two Devon men are preparing to row across the Atlantic for the Woodvale Challenge.


Britannia III was unveiled on the water in Totnes on Friday 17 December, in the final run-up to another world-record Ocean-rowing attempt, as the Woodvale Challenge gets underway.


Crewed by ocean-rowing veteran Simon Chalk, 38, from Totnes, Britannia III promises to be a tough boat to beat across the Atlantic Ocean with her record of 38 days into Barbados earlier in 2010. This will be Simon's fifth ocean row.


The fifteen men and women, who will be joining ocean-rowing veteran Simon Chalk to break the mid-Atlantic ocean rowing speed record, finished their mandatory marine training in Southampton last week. After passing with flying colours, Simon's crew travelled to Devon for a practice row.


On January 12, teams begin their crossing to Barbados. Woodvale are aiming to break the existing world record set by La Mondiale in 2007 (33 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes), and the crews are gunning for the oldest female, first Omani and youngest male to cross an ocean by oar, Shaun Pedley. Shaun, 18, is a boatbuilder from Devon.







www.woodvale-challenge.com


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