1 August 2010
Last updated at 10:20
The Artemis North Atlantic Rowing Challenge crew set off from New York on 17 June to break a transatlantic record that had stood for 114 years. It was their third attempt to set out after bad weather and a damaged rudder forced them to turn back previously
Crew skipper Leven Brown, 37, from Edinburgh, was accompanied by Don Lennox, 41, from Lanarkshire, Livar Nysted, 39, from the Faroe Islands, and Ray Carroll, 33, from Galway, in Ireland.
The boat, now called Artemis Investment, was originally called ‘Flying Ferkins’ and has an ocean racing pedigree, having been rowed across the Indian Ocean from Australia to Mauritius by a crew of two in 2009.
There was not enough fresh water for the crew to use for washing and they lived off freeze-dried food for the fortnight at sea. The boat capsized twice and two crew members had to be rescued after falling overboard during their record-breaking voyage.
Living quarters on the boat for the four men were the size of a saloon car. Skipper Leven Brown said: "The smaller the space, the greater respect of space you have. We are delighted to be sleeping apart for the first time in 14 days."
Passing the Queen Mary II and being cheered by its 2,400 passengers and crew was Leven Brown's most memorable moment of the trip. "For such a large ship to take any notice of such a little expedition as ours was something incredible", he said.
The crew of the Artemis announce their arrival at their destination in St Marys in the Isles of Scilly. Leven Brown said it had been a "pell-mell, helter-skelter" trip.
The Artemis team (L-R) Don Lennox, Livar Nysted, Ray Carroll and Leven Brown, celebrate crossing the Atlantic in a record 43 days, 21 hours and 26 minutes. Leven Brown revealed he was looking forward to a meal of "good old fashioned steak and chips".
George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, Norwegian Fishermen who emigrated to the USA, set the previous record of of 55 days and 13 hours in 1896. It was one of the world's longest standing speed records.