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Bristol seagal sets new record

The Seagals team. Belinda is second from the right

The Seagals team. Belinda is second from the right

29 July 2010

Bristol graduate Belinda Kirk (MA 2000) and her three team mates have set a new record by becoming the first women to row non-stop around Britain. The ‘Seagals’ finished their epic 2,010-mile odyssey on 23 July, crossing the finishing line at Tower Bridge, London.

 

Bristol graduate Belinda Kirk (MA 2000) and her three team mates have set a new record by becoming the first women to row non-stop around Britain. The ‘ Seagals’ finished their epic 2,010-mile odyssey on 23 July, crossing the finishing line at Tower Bridge, London.

They were racing a male team in the Virgin GB Row 2010, but the men dropped out after an anchor problem.

The women spent more than 51 days at sea, living in a boat that is so small only two people at a time can sleep in the cabins. The other two have to sit outside in all weathers. During their journey, they were swamped by huge waves, almost sunk and navigated treacherous tides.

Belinda, who skippered the boat, is used to adventure and risky situations – she’s a professional expedition leader and adventure film-maker. But she says this challenge has been her most testing to date. ‘The seas around Britain are known to be some of the most dangerous in the world, and they didn't disappoint,’ she said. She said it had been ‘hard to keep going’ but they were ‘proud’ of their achievement.

The Seagals embarked on this rowing challenge to raise money for the charity Help for Heroes.