A TEAM of four made up of a Viscount, the former captain of the England polo team, a professional polo player and a former stockbroker on Tuesday (January 21) made their way back to dry land.
Among the fearless crew was Midhurst-based polo player James Glasson, who, along with his crew, has beaten the odds and won their division of the world’s No.1 Ocean Endurance Race after 48 days at sea unaided in a seven meter rowing boat.
James said: “The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is something we feel extremely privileged to have experienced, yet would not have wished upon our worst enemies – we have been through hell and back again out there!
“Most did not expect us to even get to the start line, we are delighted to have won the fours and be second out of the entire fleet – this whole journey has been epic.”
The Atlantic Polo Team crossed the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge after rowing 3,000 miles.
Known as the dark horses of the race, the team were not expected to even get to the start line yet they achieved the fastest crossing out of all of the ‘fours’ racing and were the second boat to reach land out of the entire fleet.
Crews set off on December 4, rowing into the worst weather seen in 100 years against 16 other teams from around the world.
The Atlantic Polo Team has been racing neck and neck for the past few weeks against former servicemen Row 2 Recovery, constantly battling against the elements for survival.
They endured 40ft waves, during which time they were locked in an airtight cabin for 70 hours.
They also put up with various illnesses, fevers and two men going overboard.
Teams row more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean, heading west from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua.
Once they left the safety of the harbour at the beginning of December they were on their own in the vast ocean against the mercy of the elements.
No outside support is permitted once the race begins and rowers can be disqualified in the event of requiring support.
No boat received any extra supplies during the race, including food, water or equipment.
The team was rowing to raise money for their various chosen charities.