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Team ResilientX break Atlantic rowing world record

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19 January 2020

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Max Thorpe and Dave Spelman (team Resilient X) have set a new World Record for fastest crossing of the Atlantic of a two-man vessel. Lane4 sponsored Max Thorpe for his second attempt to row from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Teammates Max Thorpe and Dave Spelman successfully completed the 3000-mile journey in just 37 days 7 hours and 54 minutes, finishing first in pairs, and seventh overall. The previous world record was 40 days 4 hours and 3 minutes.

In 2017, Max Thorpe’s first attempt to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge ended in near-fatal disaster after his boat capsized and caught fire. Undeterred, he entered the challenge for a second time in December 2019, with the aim of completing the race into which he and his team mate have poured blood, sweat and tears.

Setting off on December 12th 2019, the pair have averaged more than 75 nautical miles a day. By rowing in shifts of two hours on, two hours off, Max and Dave have successfully overcome some of the most inhospitable conditions on Earth. The record-breaking victory in the challenge is very well deserved.

Lane4 sends its congratulations to Max and Dave, and wishes them both a safe and pleasant journey home from Antigua.

 

You can learn more about Max in his blog series. If you are interested in having Max speak to your organisation, you can contact us today.

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You can learn more about Max Thorpe's first attempt to row across the Atlantic in this blog:

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