Indian Ocean rowing record challenge

Singapore: Today sees the start of one of the toughest sea challenges known to mankind. Four men are setting off from Australia in a bid to row across the Indian Ocean in a record time. Just 17 rowing boats have ever made this treacherous journey.

The aim of "Fast Row West" is to arrive in Mauritius, some 3,140 nautical miles away from Western Australia, beating the current top time of 57 days 15hrs and 49 minutes.

The four crew, whose average age is just 22, are being sponsored by a number of companies including Singaporean shipowner and shipmanager, Masterbulk.   

The rowers will burn more than 10,000 calories a day and they will have to do this on dehydrated rations made up with desalinated sea water.  [01/07/14]

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