Belinda Kirk, Laura Thomasson, Beverly Ashton and Angela Madsen after crossing the finish line in London.
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Belinda Kirk, Laura Thomasson, Beverly Ashton and Angela Madsen after being presented with the Virgin Trophy having set a new World Record.
Image by Virgin GB Row courtesy Virgin GB Row, SOURCE
Girls around Britain: Setting a new record

Posted: Jul 24, 2010 08:33 am EDT
The Seagals passed under Londons Tower Bridge Friday 23rd July they set a new new Guinness world record of 51 days 16 hours and 42 minutes for an all-female crew rowing unaided around Britain.

The four women Belinda Kirk, Laura Thomasson, Beverly Ashton and Angela Madsen had their fair share of bad weather during their 2010 miles long row in Virgin GB Row. They had to ride out numerous gales and bad weather at anchor.

The record for the stretch is 26 days 21 hours 14 minutes. An all male crew set it in 2005. But they never had the same amount of pure bad luck with the weather. At the beginning of this 2010 edition the Seagals where at points faster than the male crew who had their eyes on the 2005 record. But that was before the bad weather set in.

In stead the girls had to spend nearly double the time on board their small vessel On the very last stretch to the finish line they also had power problems so they couldnt make water and had problems communicating with the shore team.

But after 51 days plus the exhausted but jubilant crew could row under the Tower Bridge and receive the Virgin Trophy for their valiant efforts in setting a new record in their 2010 mile journey.

- Go Seagals!!! I knew I was right to back to girls in beating the boys in the first ever Virgin GB Row and Im over the moon that such brave women have achieved a World Record in such a spectacular fashion. This is why we set up the Virgin Trophy - Belinda, Angela, Laura and Beverley have pushed through extreme tiredness, hunger and serious injury to battle on and achieve the goal they set out to achieve, said Sir Richard Branson, Chairman Virgin Group.


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