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


Fears for solo rower 'stuck' in Pacific

January 28 2003

Friends of a British rower with epilepsy who is making a solo attempt to row the Pacific say they are worried he won't make it.

Andrew Halsey has told friends he won't return unless he becomes the first disabled rower to cross the ocean non-stop.

He set off 62 days ago from Callao, Peru, but bad weather has slowed him so much he now hasn't got enough food to complete the journey.

Mr Halsey, 45, has travelled 2,000 miles in the Brittany Rose but only 400 have been towards Australia.

He has been stuck off the coast of Panama for the last four days because of adverse sea currents and winds. The former bricklayer from Camden, north London, now has only 200 days' food left.

Kenneth Crutchlow, executive director of the Ocean Rowing Society, said his poor progress was "heartbreaking".

He said: "The only asset he has in his life is his boat and life is not so great for him on land. He has epileptic seizures and he cannot get a job because of his condition. He lives in a council flat and life is a struggle. If he can get to Australia, his life would change dramatically."

The adventurer was the first disabled person to row the Atlantic in 1997, suffering two epileptic seizures during the voyage. On his current trip, he has suffered four seizures.