Mersea Island: Quartet set record for rowing around Britain in fastest time

(Left - right) Gavin Sheehan, Josh Taylor, Alan Morgan and James Plumley celebrate with Champagne af

(Left - right) Gavin Sheehan, Josh Taylor, Alan Morgan and James Plumley celebrate with Champagne after rowing around Britain in a record breaking just over 26 days, to claim the biggest prize in rowing of£115,000, after crossing the finishing line under Tower Bridge, London - Credit: PA

A quartet has broken the record for the fastest time rowing around Britain.

The Islanders – Josh Taylor, 23, and Alan Morgan, 24, both from Mersea Island,Guernsey’s James Plumley, 24, and Gavin Sheehan, 25, from Cork – spent the last 26 days rowing 2,000 miles.

The crew crossed the finish line at London’s Tower Bridge to win the GB Row 2013 race, scooping £115,000.

Mr Taylor said: “We didn’t want to let anyone down so we pushed hard.

“Every time we got knocked down, we got back up and carried on going.”


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Six boats began the race on June 1, but four pulled out with mechanical while the Islanders remained on course.

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