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Atlantic rower's 'epic' adventure
Rob Munslow
If you put a cork in a bath, and splash the bath round as much as you can, that was the motion of our boat
Rower Rob Munslow
One of the rowers who broke the record for crossing the Atlantic from Canada to Europe has said the trip was "pretty epic".

The team, who failed on a previous attempt to make the trip in 2002, took 39 days and 22 hours, and smashed the previous 55-day record.

Rob Munslow, from Monmouth, south Wales, said they had been "astounded" by their success.

He said they had faced highs, lows and "some pretty scary times".

His colleagues in the 29ft craft, Naturally Best, were Nigel Morris and George Rock, both of Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, and Steve Dawson of Lincolnshire.

Mr Munslow said the 2002 attempt which ended when the rudder was ripped off had been "enlightening" in terms of what to expect this time round, but he was already starting to put a gloss on the hardships they had faced.

Rowing crew
The rowers left Newfoundland in May

"To be honest we always forget the hard times and you only remember the good times when you get back," he said.

"If I cast my mind back, I can remember some pretty emotional times, some huge highs, some huge lows and some pretty scary times as well. "We had sea states predicted of 15-20 ft seas and 40 knot winds, which on the scale of things is fine. However the sea state must have been a bit wrong, and we had waves in excess of 60ft - they were absolutely immense, they were enormous."

Describing the effect of the storms, he said they had had no choice but to ride them out as best they could.

"If you put a cork in a bath, and splash the bath round as much as you can, that was the motion of our boat," he said.

"Initially we were riding with the waves - surfing down them - but it just got too dangerous, so we ended up putting the power anchor out and lying in the cabins.

"That in itself is a horrendous experience. The boat is creaking and groaning, and everything echoes through the fibreglass cabins, which are only a coffin-shaped size as well.

"It was pretty epic."

'Chuffed to bits'

Mr Munslow said it had been a childhood dream to row across the Atlantic.

The four rowers celebrate on their arrival in Falmouth

And he admitted the team had surprised themselves with the speed of their crossing and had even gained an extra day because they initially got their sums wrong.

"We actually thought it was 40 days as we got our days wrong - the day we left we counted as day one so when we crossed the line, we thought it was 40 days 21 hours, but we were told it was actually 39.

"We were chuffed to bits - we gained an extra day in the space of five minutes!"

The rowers arrived back in Falmouth on Tuesday after crossing the finishing line off the Isles of Scilly on Sunday.

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