Elaine Hopley holds Atlantic Challenge record for fastest female solo crossing - 27th February
Elaine Hopley, our amazing Scottish solo adventurer crossed the finish line in English Harbour during the night of the 12th of February after 59 days, 19 hours and 14 minutes at sea. She now holds the race record for the fastest female solo crossing!
Battling tropical storms and jellyfish stings Elaine said on arrival: “It was totally epic. It was unlike anything I could have ever imagined. There were some terrifying thunder storms where lightning bolts were incredibly close to the boat, but I pulled on through. It was definitely hard being away from my family over Christmas and New Year and seeing them all here today is just fantastic.”
The race organisers Atlantic Campaigns reported that Elaine burnt around 8,000 calories a day and lost approximately 20% of her body weight over the duration of the race. She endured sleep deprivation, sweltering heat and the psychological stresses of living and working in such an unpredictable environment, but she pulled through in true style. Indeed, Duty Officer Ian Couch recently commented: “After a really tough time early on, frustrating conditions and a battle to make miles Elaine has shown real grit and a great sense of humour!”.
Elaine was rowing in memory of her mother, who she cared for and nursed following the onset of Alzheimer’s and was raising money for Alzheimer’s Scotland.
It truly is amazing achievement by Elaine, congratulations!
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