Mar 23, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT
“We did it, Marge! We rowed 2,500 miles across the Atlantic, and beat that jerk Flanders. Now all we have to do is cruise the remaining few feet to shore, and …”
“Dad! Look out for that coral reef!”
It must suck to spend three months rowing across the ocean in a trans-Atlantic race, only to be disqualified less than a mile from the finish line for hitting a reef and having to be rescued. Such was the destiny of Phil Pring and Ben Cummings, who had been at sea for 76 days, only to be disqualified from the Canaries to the West Indies race after they ran aground.
The London Daily Mail has the tragic details:
The pair, members of Zennor Gig Club, were picked up by authorities after the incident near the Caribbean island of Antigua on Sunday.
The men were taking part in the Atlantic Rowing Race in their boat Vision Of Cornwall and were in 15th place when they hit the reef.
Falmouth Coastguard said that the two friends, who were raising money for the Cornwall Blind Association, were safe and well.
A spokesman said: ‘The boat passed over a first reef and narrowly avoided capsizing but despite the efforts of the guys to row clear the breaking surf rolled the vessel which became trapped on the reef.
Couldn’t they break off a large piece of the boat and paddle it across the finish line? Ride in on friendly dolphins? Something? I wouldn’t waste three freaking months without getting creative.
Atlantic rowing pair crash into reef ONE MILE from finish after racing 2,500 miles [London Daily Mail]
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