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Alastair Humphreys and crew reach dry land

6th March 2012

The four-man crew rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in 45 days, arriving in Barbados on 26 February

Wanderlust blogger Alastair Humphreys and crew have reached Barbados, having rowed 3,000 miles across the choppy Atlantic Ocean. The four men – Alastair, Marin Medak, Simon Osborne and Stephen Bowens – arrived with wobbly legs and were greeted with celebratory beers, jerk chicken and dry beds.

"Rowing the Atlantic was one of the hardest, most isolated adventures I have done. I felt thrilled to be back on safe land, back amongst people once again, and to arrive in the  beautiful Caribbean made it even better," Alastair Humphreys said. 

The expedition took over six weeks to complete on an 8.8m long rowing boat called the Tušmobil. The rowers were subjected to gruelling conditions suffering from salt sores and sleep deprivation. The four stuck to an arduous schedule of two hours rest followed by two hours rowing.

The team set off from the Canary Islands on 12 January, having been postponed for a day awaiting an important parcel.

Although Alastair enjoyed rowing on those dark starry nights and has no regrets, he declared there would be no encore Atlantic expedition. Having cycled around the world, canoed 500 miles down the Yukon River and rowed across the Atlantic, Alastair's next adventure is a Scott-inspired expedition to the South Pole.

Alastair is almost half way to his fundraising target of a £1 per mile in aid of the charity Hope and Homes for Children. The charity works in ten different countries providing orphaned children with a loving home.

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