Andrew Brown’s rowed himself into the record books in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge as he made it safely to Barbados over the weekend.
Possibly the last thing Andrew needed as he approached the finish line was to go head to head with two-man crew, Box Number 8. But that’s what happened as the month long duel between the two boats came down to a sprint finish.
Ultimately, Toby Iles and Nick Moore of DVB Bank prevailed by less than a hour, and in the process missing out on the record for a two-man team. But Andrew, crossing in 40 days, nine hours and 44 minutes set a new world record for a solo rower.
Andrew was met on the quayside by his support team including Flair chairman and proud father, Peter Brown and was soon being congratulated by the Box Number 8 crew. One of his first jobs after being back on terra firma was to wolf down a burger and chips.
Andrew’s boat, JJ, was covered in toy industry logos, testament to the support he has received from the trade.
” Now I know that the toy industry is a truly unique industry both in its camaraderie and concern for disadvantaged children,” said Andrew. “I am truely grateful for all the messages of support I received from so many people in the toy industry around the world which raised my spirits at the most difficult and lonely times in the middle of the Atlantic.”
In crossing the Atlantic, Andrew has raised £110,000 for the industry’s charity , the Toy Trust.