You may have seen the updates on The Bran Tub facebook page but here’s the official final update from Team Oarsome Foursome :
“Well! WHAT A FINISH early on Friday morning!
Did you get up in the middle of the night to watch it live or did you watch it later on that morning? And did you watch it over and over again like us? It was just amazing to see the girls cross the finish line and then row into English Harbour and step on dry land into the arms of their loved ones, after 7 weeks at sea.
Bird, Mo and Claire rowed 2,756nm (3,171.5 miles) in 49 days, 13 hours and 49 minutes, breaking the world record for a female trio Atlantic crossing by almost 11 days. Mo has also become the first deaf person to row across the Atlantic.
We are all so proud of them – they are OARSOME!
You can watch their finish again and hear their shouts of ‘Oggy Oggy Oggy’ as they rowed in on Atlantic Campaign’s Facebook page here.
What we’ve heard this week
So the Oarsome Foursome girls are famous! On Friday 31st o January they were on the front page of BBC News Online in a great article about Mo becoming the first deaf person to row the Atlantic.
And there have been articles about them on the Cornwall Live website and in East Devon News, and a radio interview on Heart FM Cornwall, amongst other things.
But most exciting of all was a live interview on ITV’s Lorraine show on Tuesday morning! It was great to see them looking so well and happy!
The girls are now having some well-deserved R&R in Antigua before they fly back to the UK.
Sadly (!) joke of the week is over but Linda has given us this fantastic quote:
“Sometimes we’re tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths.” 😍
The view from the land crew
The girls certainly kept us on our toes about when they would actually finish. At one point they were due to finish just before 12pm on Friday 31st January – at the exact time that the 100 mile race that I was crewing for my husband for started at Coverack on the east side of The Lizard, in Cornwall. I could only smile when it became clear that they were rowing their socks off and would finish before I even needed to get up for race registration.
It was amazing and slightly surreal to watch them cross the finish line and row into English Harbour, in my kitchen in the middle of the night, with Linda, who brought cake and prosecco to toast them with. We shed some tears! I can only begin to imagine how amazing the finish must have been for our crew in Antigua!
I’m still in charge of our social media whilst the girls kick back in the Caribbean, so my work is not yet done!
Thank you to everyone who has donated on our crowdfunding page to our three charities. We’re now almost at £10,000 of online donations. Your donations are much appreciated. If you have any loose change hanging around down the back of your sofa, how about putting it in our collection bucket? “