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Brookes student completes transatlantic rowing challenge

Posted by Jock Coats on 29th March 2010

There not much to add to this – they set out on 4th January having had a series of frustrating delays owing to weather conditions in the Canary Islands, but on Thursday (I think – even though their arrival blog post was posted Sunday) Tom Heal, second year Business undergraduate here at Brookes, and his friend Will Smith arrives after eighty days and 19 hours at sea at the finishing line in Antigua.

Read all about it at their blog, which has been a fascinating record throughout the course of those nearly three months.  And the gallery contains some amazing pictures taken throughout, including one of the now infamous “Lenny”, a black and white striped fish (possibly a Pilot Fish) that has followed their boat since the end of the first month of the crossing right to the very end in Antigua!

In completing this immense challenge, Tom and Will actually enter the record books as the youngest ever crew to complete such an ocean rowing feat.

Tom Heal, Business and Management undergraduate

Tom Heal, Business and Management undergraduate

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