The Toby Wallace Atlantic Row – February 2014
The TOBY WALLACE is a light-weight 8 man ocean rowing boat constructed by Woodvale in late 2011 and originally named TITAN. She was designed specifically to go after and break the “4 minute mile of ocean rowing” and achieve the ATLANTIC SPEED RECORD CROSSING in under 30 days.
The boat has now completed three successful crossings in respectable times of 34 days, 15 hours and 31 minutes in 2012, 35 days, 13 hours and 50 minutes in 2013 and now 32 days, 22 hours and 31 minutes in February 2014.
Titan was renamed the TOBY WALLACE in 2014, in memory of one of the original crew members onboard in 2012 who sadly died in July 2013.
February 2014: Having left Gran Canaria at 2156hrs on 10th February 2014, this years 8 man crew rowed to Barbados with the current record of 32 days to chase, and in memory of Toby Wallace.
March 2014: The Toby Wallace crew arrived into Barbados on 15th March 2014 at 1627hrs local time, with an official crossing time of 32 days, 22 hours, 31 minutes and 25 seconds.
The crew of the Toby Wallace now hold two Guinness Records:
* Second fastest team in mono-hull class (conventional row boat) on this route *
* Fastest 8 on this route *
Simon Chalk also completed his 8th ocean row and added another successful row to still hold the title of most ocean rows by one person.
The boat was also tracked by – and with thanks to – the Ocean Rowing Society at http://www.oceanrowing.com/Simon_Chalk/Toby_Wallace/dist.htm