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Instructor in the Pink sets off to row Atlantic

Jun 28 2004

Gareth Morgan, The Western Mail

A FORMER SAS man and record-breaking kayaker sets out on a bid to row the Atlantic ocean today.

Pete Bray, now an outdoor pursuits instructor in Pembrokeshire, is setting off for Newfoundland in Canada where he will start the 2,100-mile journey.

As part of a team of four, he is confident he can beat the current west-east Atlantic speed record of 55 days.

It was set more than 100 years ago by two Norwegian fishermen but the modern- day team have the advantage of a hi-tech boat called the Pink Lady.

"It will be a bit of a challenge," said Pete, 48, before leaving the country.

"Not just the rowing but for me also it will be a challenge to do something with other people. I've always done things on my own before now.

"But when I was asked to join I did not even think about it. I said yes straight away. How could you say no?"

Pete, who comes from Cornwall but now lives in Neyland, was chosen for the crew after a chance meeting with skipper Mark Stubbs almost three years ago.

Mark, 40, said, "It has taken us many months of preparation to get this far, but now we can't wait to get stuck into the challenge of rowing one of the world's most perilous seas."

Also on board are Times journalist Jonathan Gornall, 48, and navigation expert John Wills, 33. They hope to raise £50,000-plus for the British Heart Foundation and are sponsored by Pink Lady apples.

They plan to start the mammoth row on July 1, weather permitting, and arrive in Falmouth, Cornwall about 45 days later.

The team all have extensive Atlantic rowing experience and will row virtually non-stop, in pairs, for two hours at a time.