Come Boating! talk: Rowing across the Atlantic April 16

Apr 07, 2019
Suzanne Pinto

Belfast — The Come Boating! Adventure Series continues at Belfast Free Library, 106 High St., on Tuesday, April 16, at 6:30 p.m., with a presentation by Suzanne Pinto, the Guinness World Record holder for being the oldest woman to row across an ocean.

The talk, co-sponsored by Belfast’s Community Boating Organization and the library is free and open to all.

In 2011 Suzanne Pinto was in a 39-foot boat, Britannia III, that rowed 4,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Barbados. There were 14 people (10 men and four women) who made two teams of seven (six rowers and the coxswain).

They were trying to go for a record of under 33 days, but did it in 42 and so were still able to join “Club 60,” those who crossed in under 60 days — with everyone rowing shifts of 14 hours a day. They left Feb. 1 and arrived March 15 — they had to row in the late winter and early spring to avoid hurricanes and nor’easters.

Pinto won the Guiness World Record for being the oldest woman to row across any ocean at age 59.

For more information please call Belfast Free Library at 338-3884, ext.10.

 

Suzanne Pinto and crew on the Britannia III on their journey across the Atlantic, 2011.
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