Devon rowers hope to beat Atlantic record

Titan crew The crew leaves Gran Canaria for the Bahamas

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A Devon-based rowing team is hoping to beat the record for crossing the Atlantic in the shortest time.

Eight days after leaving Gran Canaria, they are averaging more than 80 miles a day to reach the Bahamas and beat the record of 32 days.

Organisers Woodvale said that the eight crewmen of Titan were in good spirits.

The carbon fibre, titanium and aluminium boat built at Totnes has a crew from New Zealand, France, America and Britain.

Their progress is being monitored on their website, which shows the current record holders as the Sara G in 2011.

'Slick routine'

Woodvale spokeswoman Gemma Campbell said: "They are in good spirits and getting on brilliantly.

"They've had some quiet weather, but the wind is going behind them for the next couple of days.

"They are getting their heads down and getting a really slick routine."

The boat, which weighs just 200kg (440lb) unladen, is being rowed by four men at a time on four-hour shifts at night and one-hour shifts during the day.

There are four berths, one at either end and two "coffin beds" under the deck, to give the boat the best weight distribution.

The Ocean Rowing Society lists the Sara G as making the record making row of just over 32 days in 2011.

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