An 'oarsome' welcome for Jersey's returning Atlantic rowers

Alison Smithurst and Julie Brady of Team Intrepid 232 returned to the Island on Friday after setting a new world record for the oldest women's fours crew row across an ocean. Picture: ROB CURRIE. (37517272)

A WEEK after they stepped off the boat that had been their home for eight weeks, two of Jersey’s record-breaking ocean rowers landed back on their home Island yesterday.

Julie Brady and Alison Smithurst made up 50% of the Intrepid 232 team, who became the oldest female crew to cross any ocean when they completed the arduous World’s Toughest Row race in Antigua after 58 days at sea.

The duo left the Caribbean on Thursday and, after travelling via Heathrow, they entered the arrivals lounge at Jersey Airport to be greeted by a cluster of supporters.

Team-mates Rosemary Satchwell and Helene Monpetit travelled back separately, with Mrs Satchwell arriving home on Thursday and Mrs Monpetit expected next week after spending some time in the UK.

The Bailiff was among hundreds of Islanders to congratulate the rowers, and the Bailiff’s Office is planning to organise a function to celebrate their achievement.

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