North Atlantic Rowing Record: New attempt by Peter Bray despite swamping last time

Wednesday, 24 October 2007

Peter Bray is preparing a new boat for a single-handed attempt on the North Atlantic route from Newfoundland to Britain. This is despite being rescued after activating his McMurdo EPIRB three years ago.

Along with three of his crew, Pete set off from St John's, Newfoundland on June 30 2004 and they were within days of breaking a world record for the fastest North Atlantic row from Canada before they were swamped by a freak wave.

Now Pete is once again getting ready to try to achieve what the team of four originally set out to do, except this time Pete will be rowing solo, and again he will be equipped with a McMurdo SmartFind EPIRB.

The team was rescued 370 miles off the Scilly Isles on Sunday August 8, close to the end of their 2,100 mile Atlantic row. The rowing boat's emergency beacon (EPIRB) was activated it relayed a signal via satellite to RAF Kinloss in Scotland. ARCC personnel then worked with the Maritime and Coastguard agency and the successful rescue was co-ordinated. Civilian vessels in the vicinity of the rowers were also alerted.

The rescue involved the Nimrod searching and confirming the position of the rowers' life raft. The raft was deployed after the boat was split in two by a freak wave in a fierce storm resulting from the aftermath of Hurricane Alex. Footage from the Nimrod was broadcast world-wide, showing the outstanding seamanship of the skipper of the Danish Scandinavian Reefer vessel that picked up the men.

The original rowing challenge was sponsored by Pink Lady apples and raised funds for the British Heart Foundation.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 October 2007 )