Durham Alumni take on the Atlantic

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Team Hallin – a crew of six including four Durham Alumni are due to depart the Canary Islands in a record breaking attempt to smash the record for the much coveted East-West Trans-Atlantic Crossing.

David Hosking MBE, Chris Covey, Naomi Hoogesteger and Paddy Thomas are hoping to not only beat the current record of 33 days, 7 hours and 30 minutes , but to become the first crew to row accross the Atlantic in under 30 days.

David rowed at Durham in the late ’70s before going on to win Gold at the 1980 World Rowing Championships in the LW8+.  Chris learnt to row at Durham with the Freshers’ squad and went on to row in the 2005 crew that won the University pennant at the HORR. In the same year, Paddy won the Student Coxed Fours event with DUBC at HRR. Naomi also learnt to row at Durham before going on to win Bronze at the World Rowing Championships in the LW4x.

The crew are racing in aid of Combat Stress – the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health.

You can follow their progress and donate to this very worthy cause at www.teamhallin.co.uk

We wish them the best of luck!