|August 10 2004|
AN INTREPID Norwich landlord preparing to
brave the high seas by rowing the Atlantic today said he was undeterred by
the near-tragic conclusion to a similar feat.
Four British rowers were dramatically plucked from amid mountainous waves on Sunday after their boat split in two during a transatlantic rowing record attempt.
James "Tiny" Little said he was saddened to hear about the outcome of the record attempt but will be carrying on with his effort regardless.
"It's a really shame as they were doing so well," he said. "It's not good news for ocean rowing but this will certainly not deter me.
"The failure of other people's attempts doesn't affect mine at all."
After 39 days at sea, the four British rowers were left stranded after 60ft rogue waves snapped their vessel, the Pink Lady, in half 370 miles off the Isles of Scilly.
Having scrambled into their life raft the men spent six hours clinging to its sides before being rescued by Danish cargo ship, Scandinavian Reefer.
Mr Little, who owns the Alexandra Tavern on Stafford Street, said he hoped not to experience anything like the same type of weather conditions.
"The attempted the northern route which is the most dangerous route across the Atlantic," he said. "I'm taking the southern route which is longer but the conditions more favourable."
Mr Little, who is currently on holiday in Australia, is attempting to complete the gruelling 3,000 mile voyage from the Canary Islands to Barbados next year.
Crossing the Atlantic has been a long time ambition of Mr Little, 48, who is raising money for The Davenport Trust, a local charity which was set up last year to help children with depression.
Since he started training more than a year ago the former sailor has lost almost five stones in weight in preparation for the 100-day haul.
As well as enjoying the sun with his wife down under, Mr Little has also been careful not to let his training slip.
"I'm hoping to get some rowing in tomorrow, but other than that I've been running every day and doing whatever I can to keep my fitness regime up to scratch," he said.
* If you want to sponsor Mr Little call the pub on (01603) 627772.
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