All Steels is truly delighted that our local sponsored
champion Jasmine Harrison made her world record-breaking (youngest solo female) row across the Atlantic in just
70 days, three hours and 48 minutes.
Jasmine set off on her 3,000-mile
(4,828km) Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from La Gomera in the Canary
Islands on 12 December 2020. Her safe arrival in Antigua today was naturally greeted
with a fanfare on Facebook, and where she was broadcasted crossing the
finishing line. What an emotional sight it was to see Jasmine triumphantly standing
in her rowing boat, called Argo, and lighting her flares as she came into Nelson’s
Dockyard in Antigua.
As you can imagine, Jasmine faced
several challenges en route. In the early stages of the journey, the weather was so bad she was blown back to where she had started
from at the end of one gruelling day. Her incredible voyage saw her battling
20ft waves, being tracked by sharks, and a near-miss with a 750ft tanker
which came within 1,000ft of her boat. It was only about six minutes
before a collision occurred that Jasmine was able to alert the huge vessel to
change course! The last part of Jasmine’s journey had also seen her tackle the
Sargasso Sea, home to fish and baby turtles but also to thick seaweed that she needed
to periodically remove from underneath her boat!
Burning 5,000 calories a day, Jasmine
survived on ration packs, chocolate spread and peanut butter. She drank 10
litres of water a day - plus an occasional shot of Dead Man’s Fingers Rum!
Jasmine’s record-breaking feat has
raised more than £10,000 for charity, with the money going to the Blue Marine
Foundation, which aims to fight overfishing, and ShelterBox, an organisation
providing relief to people affected by natural disasters.
“I want to inspire young people to get
out there and do something, whether that be changing the world or just doing
something outside your comfort zone,” Jasmine wrote in a statement on her
All Steels believes it is fair to say that Jasmine has certainly set an inspired scene for many others to now go on and ultimately share such world record and/or world changing feats! Naturally, we are also feeling proud to have been able to support and assist Jasmine in attaining such a world record-breaking nautical achievement.