Edinburgh brothers break world record by rowing across the Atlantic in 35 days

Three Edinburgh brothers have become the fastest trio to row across the Atlantic Ocean, beating the previous record by six days.

Lachlan, Ewan and Jamie MacLean completed the row from La Gomera to Antigua in 35 days, nine hours and nine minutes, and as well as being the fastest to row the Atlantic, they are also the youngest trio to do so.

The three brothers finished third overall in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, beating several teams who had more members.

Ewan MacLean, the oldest brother, said: “This was, without doubt, the defining experience of my life. It was incredibly difficult, but the way we came together, the way our bodies and minds coped with every single challenge, will stay with me for a long time.”

The brothers celebrate after smashing the previous record by six days. (Photo Credit: BROAR)

The three of them had to overcome seasickness, battery issues, dehydration, and storms in order to complete the journey.

After their cables were damaged by seawater and the sub, resulting in no music, podcasts or audiobooks for the final 20 days of their voyage, the brothers found entertainment in their bagpipe, harmonica and ukulele.

The trio are also trying to reach their fundraising target of £250,000 for Feedback Madagascar and Children First.

Managing Director of Feedback Madagascar, Jamie Spencer OBE, said: “Ewan, Jamie and Lachlan are an amazing team; it seems like there’s nothing they can’t do.”

And Ewan has expressed interest in trying something similar in the future: “Who knows what comes next. We’ll be eyeing up other oceans.”

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