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French national record for Julien Bahain and Patrick Favre

It took 49 days, 2 hours and 59 minutes for Julien BAHAIN [bronze sculls medallist at teh Peking Olympics] and his comrade Patrick FAVRE to reach the French island of Martinique, Feb.26 at 13h59 local time.

French national record for Julien Bahain and Patrick Favre

Family, friend and UTC supporters welcomed them to the pier landing stage, after 864 000 oar-strokes!

Credits : Lucie Prost

They did not break the world record - which stands at 45 days, 4hours and 19 minutes, but they did achieve the 8th world time for this crossing, beating the national record held by Jo LE GUEN and Pascal BLOND, 1997.

Credits : @Katie Steenman

Credits : @Katie Steenman