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A 5 person team from Lymington Rowing Club have broken the world record for the greatest distance rowed in open water in 12 hours after a mammoth 122.4 km row across Christchurch Bay, through the Solent and around the Isle of Wight.

The crew of Jack Mans, Rob Maltby, Alex Gasper, Dave Mans and Toby Backhouse broke the previous Russian record by over 2.5 kilometres. The team had also planned to attempt a number of other open water rowing records however the weather conditions on the day meant they had to focus solely on the 12 hour record.

Dave Mans’ said:

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“We knew almost from the outset that the weather was going to make breaking even one record a really hard ask with a strong North Easterly wind making progress very challenging. We were right up against the clock coming past Cowes and going into the last hour.

“The tide was fading fast and despite having rowed hard for over 11 hours it was all going to come down to a final push for the line. After some fantastic steering from coxswain Jack negotiating a large wash from a tanker and a tremendous effort from the whole crew we cleared the needles with moments to spare and the tide stayed with us just long enough to beat the Russian record.”

The challenge raised over £5,500 for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation – to find out more about the event and to donate please visit the website

The team were supported by several local companies including Bradbeers, The Haven Bar, Bluebird Care, Rowing Adventures Ltd and The Pier Cafe, Totland Bay.

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