(By Jon Amtrup)Brit Andrew Brown (26) has broken the old solo rowing record East to West across the Atlantic. The new record is over two days faster than the previuos set by Emmanuel Coindre in 2004. Burger and chips was his choise of meal after over 40 days at sea.
Andrew Brown was taking part in the Atlantic Challenge and he started rowing from San Sebastian de la Gomera, Canary Islands on December 5, 2011 at 12:00GMT.
The two first weeks the sun hardly appeared, and became a serious challenge for Brown. All his equipment is solar powered, including his water maker. The 26 year old had to start rationing water, and that's not something you want to do when you are rowing in a salt infested environment. You need fresh water to drink and to rinse of all the salt from the sea and the sweat.
"I was having to be really careful about how much I drank, which, when you're doing that much exercise isn't what you're wanting to be doing,” he said after reaching Barbados.
Seventeen crews started the race but eight pulled out because of problems with weather and sea-sickness. One team was disqualified because they received help, and yet another team had to be rescued after their boat was capsized by a big wave just before Christmas.
But Brown didn’t give up, and he arrived only 30 minutes after the two men rowing team Toby Iles and Nick Moore in Port St Charles, Barbados.
Brown is from Surrey and he works in the toy industry. His first choice of meal was, like most men of the sea, burger and chips. He will now relax on Barbados with his girl friend for a week before returning to the UK.
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