Adventure Mobility managing director, Phil Pugh, and his friend Paul Hopkins have set a new world record.
The duo at 65 & 55 respectively, became the oldest pair to row the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
As part of the 19/20 Talisker Atlantic challenge event, Pugh and Hopkins set off on December 12, 2019 from the Canary Islands.
The voyage took 70 days meaning they arrived in Antigua on February 20, 2020.
Making the journey even tougher than initially planned, after just 4 days the wind was up to 25 knots with seas over 30 foot, meaning they had to para anchor each night due to the wind changing direction.
21 days in they had lost over 50% of power, the auto helm broke so auto steering lost and foot steering failed. Sat-Nav equipment failed too which meant they had to resort to using a map and compass to navigate.
About halfway into the journey the hand steering broke, then a few days later they had insufficient power to run the clean water maker so for the next four weeks they had no fresh/clean water to drink or make rations with.
It left them with no option but to drink the ballast water and use the limited emergency wet rations.
Against all odds, the duo persevered and completed the mission to raise money for the Tiny Live Charity, inspired by Phil Pugh’s eldest son who lives with cerebral palsy.
Each year Pugh does a difficult physical feat to raise funds.
A few years ago he cycled across the United States from East to West, the next year he did a “Megathon” where he kayaked across the English Channel, then cycled over 1,000 miles from France to Spain and then swam to Gibraltar and back.
This time he teamed up with former fireman, Paul Hopkins, to row the Atlantic.
To raise the funds to compete – residents from Newcastle, North East businesses and schools all donated money to sign their boat. They got over 3,200 signatures.