Dawn Wood Completes Atlantic Crossing

Dawn Wood on the Atlantic. Photo Rowaurora.co.uk

” I’ve done it,” Dawn Wood shouted as she arrived in Barbados this week to become the second fastest and only the seventh female to complete a solo Atlantic crossing.

The Essex Police officer completed the 4,800km journey from the Canary Islands in 53 days, missing the record of 49 days set by fellow Brit Kiko Matthews last year.

Officially welcomed by the High Commissioner of Barbados, Wood’s husband and parents were also there to see her complete the feat at Port St Charles.

Dawn Wood is welcomed by her family in Barbados. Photo: Rowaurora.co.uk

Through her achievement, Wood has raised more than $13,000 for the Marine Conservation Society to help raise awareness of plastic pollution. “It was heartbreaking to be in the middle of the ocean and see the evidence of what the human race is doing to our planet,” she said.


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2 years ago

How do they do it? if the current flows at the speed of 9km per hour, in 53 days, floating the current for 10 hours a day will cover the entire distance. How much actual rowing is involved?

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1 year ago
Reply to  Mike

I can assure you ALOT of rowing was involved in this. I had very little time with decent following trade winds, and had a frustrating amount of time with a head wind. In one 24 hour period I rowed for 19hours as I could not bare to go backwards, I would row for two hours against the wind, then stop for just 10mins to get a drink and something to eat (during this time I went backwards) I hardly made any forward progress, but if I had just ‘FLOATED’ as you suggest I would have gone backwards for the whole… Read more »