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Atlantic Rowing Race

14 Rhagfyr 2007

A Cardiff graduate who was forced to retire from the 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race through injury has taken up a set of oars to attempt the ocean crossing again.

Jo Davies, who graduated from the School of Earth, Ocean and Planetary Sciences with a degree in Marine Geography, is competing in this year’s Atlantic Rowing race along with three women - Emily Kohl, Sara Kessans and Tara Remington - who all failed to complete the 2005 crossing.

During the race two years ago, Jo had to be rescued from her boat after falling and injuring her back during a storm. Americans Emily and Sara spent 16 hours clinging to their boat after capsizing, whilst New Zealander Tara’s boat sank after being attacked by a shark.

Together, the women have formed a new crew called ‘Unfinished Business’ for this years race and hope to put the events of 2005 behind them. "We’re absolutely determined to conquer the ocean that stopped us from achieving our dreams in 2005", said Jo. "We don’t just want to cross the Atlantic, we want to win our category and beat the current women’s record holders."

The crew will race their 30ft boat the 2500 nautical miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. They started the race on December 2 and could spend up to 60 days at sea.

"It’s a long time to be away from our families and friends, but we all feel like we have some unfinished business with the Atlantic Ocean!" said Jo. "We’re looking forward to the challenges this awesome race will present to us both as a crew and individually."

‘Unfinished Business’ will be rowing in aid of The Meningitis Trust UK and Meningitis Trust New Zealand. Anyone wishing to follow their progress or support them throughout the race can do so at