A Blackpool accountancy firm has supported a client who has just broken a world record after taking part in an epic endurance race across tough waters.
Amanda Challans, a management consultant client for Danbro, at Whitehills Business Park, formed part of the only all-female crew to complete The Pacific Row – a 2,400-mile contest from California to Hawaii in a boat powered only by oars.
She and her team of four, Boatylicious, finished in sixth place out of 13 international teams to have braved being hit in the face by flying fish, escorted by albatross, stormy petrel sea birds and turtles, and were surprised by a visit by the maintenance support boat after 32 days alone in the massive Pacific.
Amanda said: “It’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done but will be worth it.
“The 40 to 60ft waves come at you like a two-storey house at 15 miles an hour. But it’s the tiny hurlers from unexpected directions that swamp the deck and result in hours baling buckets overboard.”
The team rowed the 24ft Black Oyster, which notched up 65 miles a day after leaving California in June.
Boatylicious completed the voyage at 4.30am on Friday, with an unofficial time of 59 days, seven hours and 14 minutes. The challenge is being held to raise money for WaterAid, Hope and Homes for Children and The Ahoy Centre. Amanda said: “More than 748million people worldwide go through life with no access to safe water. Our experience out here means we’re happier than ever to be raising money for WaterAid’s #GirlStrong campaign.”