Crew wins its Suez challenge
FORGET the university boat race – the crew of a Devonport frigate took on their own warship in a battle against the clock as they sailed through the Suez Canal.
Observing a traditional naval challenge, the ship's company of HMS Monmouth raced the ship through the 162 kilometre-long waterway – and beat it.
Using rowing machines strapped to the flight deck, 81 volunteers from the Type 23 frigate rowed 2,000 metres each. The race was completed in a combined time of 10 hours, 21 minutes and 20 seconds – beating the ship's transit time by more than two hours.
The ship's nine Royal Marines tackled 18 kilometres each, and one of them, Captain William Hall, set the best time overall for 2,000 metres of 6 minutes 43 seconds.
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