To celebrate the unique achievement of the first four-man crew to row an ocean anywhere in the world, this book which records the race, will be launched at the 2005 Dartmouth Royal Regatta. In their 26 foot boat, 'Queensgate', four men set out on 20 January 2004, to take part in the John Fairfax Regatta, by rowing from the Canaries to Barbados - a distance of over 2907 miles. Shaun Barker, Jason Hart, Phil Langman and Iain 'Yorkie' Lomas, from the Royal naval town of Dartmouth in Devon, played Russian roulette for hour after hour with 40 foot waves, in the middle of inhospitable seas, and thousands of miles from land. Day and night, they rode each breaking wave which would take them closer to their destination - but each one was potentially fatal. With the constant threat of capsizing, and a near miss with a trawler, the dangers of rowing an ocean became more than a reality when one of the crew was knocked overboard. With temperatures in excess of 35 degree celsius and in conditions resembling that of a sauna, they were forced to row naked - with the exception of strategically placed socks!
Flying fish, dolphins, 'Nigel the bird' and Man O'War Jellyfish would be their only other company, with a brief respite to indulge in some 'extreme ironing!' Would friendships survive as they all pursued their dream to become the first four-man crew to row an ocean anywhere in the world? Their adventure is told through their own personal diaries, and photographs taken at the time, along with recollections from the crew's own family and friends. It tells of their struggle just to get to the start line, and their trials and tribulations as they rowed into the history books - their adopted motto, 'pain is only temporary, failure lasts a life time'.
From the Author
In reply to the reviewer: surfstrawbs from England. Thank you for their review - I agree with the comment that it is a 'must read for any rower considering a similar challenge'. With regard to wanting to know more about the effects of the challenge on the crew in their subsequent lives - please read on....
Phil Langman, having rowed an ocean, feels much more confident in taking on any challenge - he is now a partner in his own marine engineering business in Dartmouth, has taken up Kick Boxing, and is currently a Blue Belt and working rapidly towards his Black Belt. The challenge changed his whole out look on things and he appreciates life much more.
Jason has learnt to appreciate his family much more and is less selfish. To successfully complete the challenge he had to totally focus on it, not just during the race but for years leading up to it. Now he realises the importance of his family they are his number one priority. He is currently looking at the possibility of emigrating to Canada.
Yorkie is engaged and Shaun is married. Both are much more settled and laid back and enjoying life away from the limelight.
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