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20 January 2018
John Fisher of haleys interviewed his nephew, George Biggar who is one of The Four Oarsmen in Antigua yesterday (19/1/18)
The Four Oarsmen have successfully crossed the Atlantic in just 29 days - raising £250,000 for charities close to their hearts in the process.
The crew of four, proudly supported by haleys Business Advisers, have become the first team to row across the Atlantic in under 30 days.
George Biggar 32, Dicky Taylor, 32, Stuart Watts, 34, and Peter Robinson, 32, made Antigua from the Canaries in 29 days, 15 hours to win the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, raising more than £250,000 for Charities Mind and Spinal Research UK.
George is the nephew of haleys Sales and Marketing Director John Fisher. The four British amateur rowers, known as The Four Oarsman, battled sea sickness, 40ft waves and even hallucinations as they smashed the record by 6 days.
They had been aiming for a 'respectable' performance of about 40 days in the the challenge, dubbed the world's toughest row, a grueling 3,000-mile crossing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.
John Fisher was there at the finish line to witness the emotional arrival of the crew and help pull their shattered bodies onto dry land at just after 2am GMT on Saturday 13th January. Talking at the finish line John said;
“I am so very proud of my nephew George, this is an amazing achievement, I am delighted haleys and I could support him. The crew are exhausted and just want to devour junk food, but I am sure we will be cracking open the champagne the team at haleys have sent!”
Tim Haley, Managing Director offered his congratulations;
“I’m in awe! Congratulations to the guys, a talented and dedicated crew and I am so very proud that we could do our bit to support. They have raised an incredible amount for the charities and the awareness they have raised of these issues is priceless. Depression is not prejudiced – it can literally affect anyone and yet still there is such stigma around the disability.”
The Four Oarsmen dedicate the success to George’s late mother, and John’s sister, Anne who battled depression throughout her life, they and haleys proudly support Mind.