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Topical Tuesdays from The Week Junior – Atlantic Ocean rowing record smashed


Three Scottish brothers have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean in just 35 days, smashing three world records in the process.

The MacLean brothers – Ewan, 27, Jamie, 26, and Lachlan, 21 – began their 3,000-mile journey on 12 December in La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa.

Their epic adventure ended on 16 January in Antigua, an island in the  Caribbean.

The MacLeans are the first three brothers known to have rowed an ocean together, and are also the youngest and fastest trio ever to row across the Atlantic. Their speedy crossing was completed six days quicker than the previous record for a trio.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • Rowing across the Atlantic is undoubtedly an amazing achievement, but is it time to ask the simple question: what’s the point? Debate whether that same strength, courage and determination have been put to better use? Or if we should always celebrate such efforts
  • Imagine you are one of the brothers. Write a diary entry for the day when you finally arrived at Antigua, describing how you felt emotionally as well as physically using your most powerful words.
  • Write a short poem about this news story based on the children’s rhyme Row, Row, Row Your Boat
  • Research the first to cross the Atlantic Ocean by as many different forms of transport. Give the names of the main people involved and the date when each crossing was made

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