Atlantic rowers craving crisps

Atlantic rowers craving crisps
The Relentless Rowers on their Atlantic crossing.

THE four rowers crossing the Atlantic to raise funds for the CUH Children’s Unit say they are craving crisps after more than three weeks out on the open water.

Eoin O’Farrell from Ballinlough, Seán Underwood from Blarney, Patrick O‘Connor from Castletownroche and Thomas Browne from Dublin have been rowing since Thursday, December 14, as part of the Atlantic Challenge.

They are one of more than 20 crews attempting to row 5000km, from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

When the rowers spoke with family on New Year’s Day they mentioned a craving for Irish crisps, so their families are bringing a supply to meet them in Antigua.

The foursome, whose title sponsor is Affidea, have been impressive form in the last couple of days, clocking a phenomenal 96 nautical miles in the 24 hours up to lunchtime on Thursday.

The duty officer taking daily updates from all the boats have described the Relentless Rowers as ‘always the most cheerful and upbeat crew’.

They have reported that they are ‘tired and sore’ and have carried out a few minor fixes on board their craft. They are hoping for a strong finish to the race, and are currently in sixth place of the 21 teams.

If the rowers can manage to maintain similar or even slightly slower speeds over the coming days, they could reach their destination as soon as January 15.

Even if winds change, supporters still expect their arrival sometime between January 15 - 20.

The rowers set out to raise €20,000 for the children’s unit of CUH. They have raised an impressive €18,800 so far and Marc O’Sullivan, one of their support team, said it ‘would be a dream for the rowers to have reached their target before Antigua’.

The public can donate to their cause at

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