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Atlantic rowers face stormy weather


July 3 2004

Lesley Richardson

Four British rowers attempting to smash the Atlantic crossing record are facing stormy weather and icebergs as big as mountains this weekend.

Skipper Mark Stubbs, 40, from Poole in Dorset, Jonathan Gornall, 48, from London, Pete Bray, 48, from South Wales and John Wills, 33, from Surrey, set off for Falmouth from St John's, in Newfoundland, last Wednesday.

The four, in their hi-tech 10 metre by 1.9 metre Pink Lady boat, are confident they can beat the current 55-day record for the 2,100 mile crossing by at least 10 days.

Mr Stubbs said: "Knowing that poor weather ahead might mean putting down our sea anchor, pausing on the rowing and staying secure in our watertight cabins just three days into the row adds to the pressures of an already emotional yet extremely exciting experience."

The shallow fishing grounds off the coast of Newfoundland are renowned for unpredictable weather, with thick fog forming quickly.

Storms are forecast for the weekend and the area is renowned for their sudden appearance with waves up to 50ft.

There are also four times the usual number of icebergs in the ocean near St John's, some of them as big as mountains.

Bad weather has been predicted for the weekend, including a period of adverse winds that may force the crew to drop anchor to stop them being blown to the west.

All men have extensive Atlantic ocean rowing experience and will row in pairs for two hours at a time without support for a minimum of 33 days.

They are hoping to raise ё50,000 for the British Heart Foundation charity.

:: Mr Stubb's 12-year-old daughter Brianna became the youngest person to row the English Channel when she joined her father and his team mates on their training row to Cherbourg.