This is the first of a series of promos about the Big Blue Row - a team of rowers who plan a world record crossing of the Atlantic in January 2011. On 4-8th of November the team met in New York for the christening of "Big Blue" built specifically for the expedition by Shelter Island Boats. They survived an overnight sea trial and safety training. Cinematography by Damien Gilbert, with additional footage from rower Dylan White. Stay tuned for more profiles of this amazing group of adventurers.
If he survives, Charles Wilkins will write another book, about what might be his last great adventure - a 3000 mile record breaking row across the Atlantic this January. The 61-year-old writer, nominated last year for the Stephen Leacock Award and recently acclaimed for his account of a summer spent working in a cemetery, “In the land of the Long fingernails”, did not hesitate to sign clause three on his contract - agreeing to immediate burial at sea if he “croaks”. This spirit of adventure was captured in March 2010 Doc Challenge film “Life is but a Dream” the only Canadian finalist of 12 to play at Hot Docs winning an honourable mention and was sold to Documentary Channel USA. The feature length documentary film chronicles the journey of Charlie and the other eleven trans-Atlantic (6 are Canadians) rowers who will be on the boat with Charlie, and the skipper, Angela Madsen, a 50 year old Grandmother of three, veteran of the United States Marine Corps. In 2008, she became the first paraplegic woman to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean; since then she has broken a slew of records and won numerous awards. The boat is called The Big Blue and was built specifically to shave three days off the world record for team rowing across the Atlantic. The rowers will attempt an unassisted crossing of the ocean in 30 days.
Check out bigbluerow.com/ for updates!
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