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Rowers aim for a crossing record

Thursday, 3 June, 2004

Guernsey's London to Paris rowing team are due to set off from Westminster Bridge on Thursday.

The 16-man team were due to begin the 480-mile journey on Monday, but were delayed by bad weather.

They are now taking advantage of the last window of opportunity, before tides rule out another attempt until later in the month.

They are hoping to break the record time of 90 hrs 33 mins and raise money to help combat multiple sclerosis.

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Island rowers beat channel record

Monday, 7 June, 2004

A 16-man team of rowers from Guernsey has broken a world record.

They completed the 480 miles from London to Paris in 79 hours nine minutes and 23 seconds, beating the previous record set by Jersey.

After a rough channel crossing and a number of setbacks, the rowers finally made it over the finishing line on Sunday evening.

The team is using the non-stop attempt to raise money to fund a Multiple Sclerosis nurse in the Channel Islands.

Buffeted by wind

The former record of 90 hours and 33 minutes was set by a team from Jersey in September 2000.

In the latest attempt, the 33ft by 4ft (10m by 1.2m) boat, the Geomarine Challenge, was accompanied by two guard boats, an inflatable and a safety boat.

Five rowers at a time powered the boat down the Thames Estuary, around North Foreland, past Dover and across the Channel towards Calais.

After reaching Le Havre, the vessel moved into the Seine, where 200 miles of twisting river and six locks awaited. The row finished at the Eiffel Tower.

Rower Colin Fallaiz, said: "When we got into the Channel we were buffeted by force five winds which meant we nearly had to pull the plug on the attempt.

"But we kept it going and when we found ourselves at the mouth of the Seine the weather was absolutely beautiful.

"We had a fantastic row up the Seine and made up some great time.

"When we got to Paris it was fantastic, all the river boats were hooting their horns.

"It was amazing, something I'll never forget."

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