Ted Jackson, his son Oscar, and a crew of eight others began their Guinness World Record Atlantic OMS-fundraising rowing attempt in mid-December 2016.
They were rowing from Gran Canaria to Barbados, across 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean in an Expedition 40 Catamaran named ORCA II.
The then-world record for rowing across the Atlantic stood at 30 days, and not only was this the time to beat but, according to Ted, they aimed to "smash" it.
Their efforts would involve rowing non-stop for 24 hours a day, with each crew member getting no more than two hours’ sleep between two hours’ rowing shifts for the full 30 (or fewer) days.
We wished them a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year, and all the luck in the world as they rowed their way into 2017, and into the record books.Unfortunately, the attempt was ultimately not a success. Below, with unexpectedly calm waters, Ted and team start their journey.