JERSEY’S Bailiff has sent a letter of congratulations to the Intrepid 232 rowers, describing their record-breaking Atlantic crossing as “a wonderful achievement”.
The crew – consisting of Julie Brady, Helene Monpetit, Rosemary Satchwell and Alison Smithurst – completed the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge at about 9pm on Friday to cheers and applause from family and friends.
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Sir Timothy Le Cocq said that the Island was proud of the team, and that women had set an “excellent example” to other rowers and athletes.
He wrote: “On behalf of the Island of Jersey I am writing to congratulate you all on a marvellous team effort in completing the Atlantic passage.
“We do not underestimate what it must have taken, both physically and mentally, to complete the journey. It has clearly taken great teamwork and dedication to do what you have done and that alone would have made the people of Jersey proud. That you have set a new world record is a wonderful achievement that only adds to the pride we feel.
“You have set an excellent example to Jersey rowers and all athletes and I hope to be able to congratulate you personally on your return to the Island, along with your families, friends and supporters.
“My Chambers will be liaising with you and the local rowing clubs to ensure your return is marked appropriately and in a way fitting of your achievement.
“I hope you are enjoying a well-earned rest and wish you all a safe return home.”