Charlotte Harris Jessica Oliver in Antigua with flags

Jessica Oliver and Charlotte Harris, a British/Irish crew which had no rowing experience before they took up the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, have become the fastest women’s pair to row across the Atlantic.

 They set a new World Record of 45 days, seven hours and 25 minutes for the 3,000 mile traverse.

 The crew, rowing as Wild Waves, left La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 12th and landed on January 26th. They set a good pace despite conditions without much following wind. They overcame a capsize and encounters with sea birds and a shark, which swam right up to their boat. They also had hallucinations – including Jessica believing she could hear children laughing.

 Remarkably, the two women who met at Cardiff University 10 years ago  have already raised over £43,000 (€51,700) for their nominated charities, Women’s Aid and Shelter. They will continue to fundraise and have set a target of £100,000 (€120,000)

 Another British/Irish crew, Saf Greenwood and Victoria Carroll, who is the grand daughter of Irish coach Noel Casey, have under 500 nautical miles to go and should reach land in the next few days.