By John Smith • 25 January 2021 • 17:23
The victorious quartet
Credit: Torremolinos Council
A FORMER member of the La Carihuela Rowing Club in Torremolinos Melissa Vooren spent 43 days, 4 hours and 56 minutes at sea taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
Rowing with three other girls in their Queen of Hearts boat, they left La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 12 to travel 3,000 miles and become the first female team to complete the crossing.
They became the first team of Dutch female rowers to row across any ocean and the Atlantic Dutchesses as they are known collected €20,000 for the study of cardiac illness that especially affects women.
All teams rowed day and night, sleeping two hours in shifts and without support boats.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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