The ORS Int. is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World Records


Worried friends ask lone oarsman to row his boat ashore

By Matt Eley

EVEN his closest friends are now telling an epileptic rower to abandon his bid to cross the Pacific single-handed.
Andrew Halsey set off from Peru in November and passed his 100th day at sea on Wednesday.

But he is still 7,600 miles from his destination of Melbourne, Australia. 

Kenneth Crutchlow, executive director of the Ocean Rowing Society, in Royal College Street, Camden Town, spoke to Mr Halsey earlier this week on a satellite phone. “He said, ‘Don’t worry I am going to keep going, I can sit out here for years.’ But we are worried because his decisions are not really based on reality. As much as I respect his tenacity, everything is against him – the weather, the time and the fact he has already been at sea for 100 days.”

He said that Mr Halsey did not want to be rescued since it could result in the loss of his ?50,000 boat, the Brittany Rose, and it was his only asset.

He added: “I am worried about him. I think he feels more comfortable out there than he is sitting at his flat in Russell Square because he does have a difficult life here.”

Mr Halsey, 45, set off with enough food for 260 days but it is not known how much is left. Some has been spoiled during his journey.

Mr Crutchlow added: “He told me, ‘There are plenty more fish in the sea’, meaning that if he runs out of food he will live off whatever comes his way, fish and birds. He used to be a butcher so he does have a background do with that sort of thing.”
But Mr Crutchlow said that relying on food from the sea would not provide the rower with enough energy to complete his epic voyage.

“You can’t help but admire his tenacity and perseverance but he is just not making any progress,” he said.

“On his log he calls himself Captain Andy. Well a captain’s responsibility is to his crew and his craft and at the moment Andy is not making the decisions of a captain.” 

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