SHOWING true grit and determination, a team of rowers have set a new world record.
Men and women from HMS Sultan in Gosport managed to row more than 450,000 metres in 24 hours, smashing the record, which stood at 392,385 metres.
We knew exactly what was required and the assembled team certainly had the credentials to achieve it.Chief Petty Officer Collin Leiba
The Royal Navy’s Indoor Rowing Team and Sub7 Indoor Rowing Club combined to break the record following the success of the HMS Sultan rowers at this year’s World Championships.
Changing at one-minute intervals, the rowers got off to a good start.
A few hours in, they were ahead of the predicted pace but had to show strength as they carried on into the night.
The team of 29 continued to press towards their goal achieving a distance of 213,489m at the half-way mark.
After 21 hours the team reached the 392,385m to equal the British and world records and continuing to push on they crossed the ‘finish line’ with a final distance of 453,466m (282 miles).
Chief Petty Officer Collin Leiba said: ‘I was pleased to be able to support Sub 7’s challenge.
‘We knew exactly what was required and the assembled team certainly had the credentials to achieve it.
‘Records are always there to be broken so, although a significant distance was added to the total, I still think the record could be beaten again in the future.
‘Nevertheless, it was a great way to finish the Indoor Rowing season and it just wouldn’t have been possible without the support of HMS Sultan and the lead of Sub 7 and Corporal Rob Jones.’
The group now have to wait for formal verification and certification of their success.
Over the next few months the Royal Navy Indoor Rowing team will put further efforts into developing the base aerobic fitness, ready for the assault on national, European, World and Inter Services Championships in 2015/16.