Andrew Brown, School 1998-2000

Fastest solo Atlantic crossing single-handed
Andrew Brown

The incredible feat of Andrew Brown breaking the world record for the fastest solo Atlantic crossing single-handed, hit the headlines at the end of January 2012. Andrew  took 40 days to row 2,936 miles from Tenerife to Barbados in a 19ft (5.7m) boat.He was taking part in the Atlantic Challenge, billed as the world's toughest rowing race, and was raising money for two UK children's charities.

Whilst he was at Lancing Andrew read a book by Pete Goss about sailing around the world which inspired him to take on this extraordinary physical challenge. Andrew managed to take a commanding lead at the start of the transatlantic race by rowing for 12 hours straight, resting for three then rowing for 24 more; it was this strategy that helped him to smash the previous record by two days.

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