They’re Home

Hearty congratulations to Chris and Elliott. After battling terrible weather during their epic row they reached St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly at 10.34 GMT on 6th August 2014 at the end of an incredible 60 days and 6 minutes at sea.

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Earlier during their row they found time to send a message to the ERA…..


Good morning all at the ERA.

Just a very quick note from our row boat in the middle of the Atlantic to both update you on our progress and to thank you for your help in promoting our challenge, we and the Children’s Hospice greatly appreciate your help. As for our progress, we are now only some 384 nautical miles from our goal, the harbour at St Mary’s in the Isles of Scilly but it looks like the record is 2/3 days beyond us, we have given it our best shot but the weather appears never to have been quite on our side, slightly better weather and I feel we would have beaten it by a big margin but as we know from rallying ifs and buts don’t count. Once again thank you and I’m looking forward to catching up with you all at next years Flying Scotsman, I would have loved to have done the Alpine, which I hear from Paul Carter and others was as ever superb.

All the best
Elliott and Darby
Row For Precious Lives

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Two men and a boat!

Flying Scotsman competitor and ERA regular Elliott Dale has swapped his Bentley for a rowing boat as he and ‘co-driver’ Chris ‘Darby’ Walters attempt an epic transatlantic rowing challenge across one of the most unpredictable and dangerous oceans.

Elliott and Chris are rowing 3,246 miles from Manhattan, New York to St Mary’s Harbour, Isles of Scilly, in an attempt to break the two men in a boat transatlantic record of 55 days.

Having set out from the ‘Big Apple’ on Saturday 7th June, Elliott and Chris are raising money for the Children’s Hospice South West. Elliott and Chris visited Little Bridge House, one of Children’s Hospice South West’s three hospices, in February 2013. They were so moved by the journey of the children and families supported by the hospice that they decided to embark on their own journey of endurance, choosing to undertake one of the toughest rowing challenges, while raising valuable funds and awareness that will help to make the most of short and precious lives across the South West.

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