Posted on Friday, July 30, 2010 by Martin Cox
QUEEN MARY 2 navigated a mid-Atlantic rendezvous with the rowing team for ‘Artemis Investments’ as they attempt to break the 114-year old world record, set back in 1896, by rowing from New York to England. The 23-foot, purpose-built rowing boat with its four-man crew departed New York on June 17. “It was a thrilling moment to witness this one-of-a-kind encounter at sea, not only for me and the crew, but for all our guests aboard Queen Mary 2,” said Captain Nick Bates. “We wish the Artemis team good luck and Godspeed as they continue the quest for their world record-breaking journey.” The Artemis Investments team are embarking on an epic row from New York to Falmouth, and attempting it in under 55 days. This Record for a crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat was set in 1896 by two Norwegians, George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen who rowed an 18’ open skiff ‘The FOX’ from New York to Bishops Rock in 55 days and 7 hours. Many attempts have been made to break this record but none have succeeded. Benjamin S. Lyons adds that one of the four rowers, Ray Carroll, used to work on QM2 as an engineer. MartimeMatters wishes them every success!