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King's student breaks world record

Second year student Jack Galsworthy, who studies Biomedical Science at King’s College London, alongside his teammate and friend Freddie Wright, broke the World Record for the youngest pair to make the difficult crossing between the Canary Island of La Gomera and Antigua in the Caribbean in 47 days, 14 hours and 46 minutes.

atlantic-crossingJack Galsworthy and Freddie Wright

Jack and Freddie successfully sailed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, as part of the two-man team Atlantic Castaways.  Atlantic Castaways took on the challenge to raise money for the Brain Research Trust and have nearly raised £40,000, twice as much before they left to row across the Atlantic. The charity funds ground-breaking neurological research into conditions including Alzheimer’s and other Dementias, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and Motor Neurone Disease. 

Discussing the reasons behind their decision to undertake the Challenge, Jack said: ‘We liked the fact that it is a relatively untrodden path, with more people summiting Mount Everest each year than rowing the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. We have wanted to attempt this for some time now, and we thought the time had finally come to get out there and do it. The added incentive would be being able to break the World Record for the youngest pair to make the crossing.’ 

For further information on Atlantic Castaways and on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, visit their website.

For further information on how Jack and Freddie completed the challenge visit here.

To donate to the Brain Research Trust, please visit their website.  


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