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Amazon adventurers Anton Wright (left) and Mark de Rond

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wo rowers from Cambridge have become the first to row the length of the Amazon, the largest river in the world. Dr Mark de Rond and Anton Wright completed the 32-day voyage across Peru, Colombia and Brazil on Monday 14th October, collecting their Guinness World Record certificate in Sao Paulo on arrival. But on the last step of their journey a brutal tropical storm very nearly stopped them from finishing the 2,077 mile row at all. “We had been left beached in yet another tropical storm, but this time without drinking water and communication: our satellite phone had stopped working,” related Mark on the expedition website. “Despite the presence of four fishing vessels there was no response whatsoever to our emergency flares or horn. We were waist-deep in muddy water and facing a badly damaged rudder and rapidly flooding boat.” Anton, head coach for Clare College, Cambridge, took up the story in his blog: “Nipping across the water was a peki-peki; a little boat driven by a long-shafted prop engine. We hollered and whooped, the local way of communication, and he twisted towards us. As he neared we could see that he was only a young boy, 14 years old at most, and as we gave all the signals and body language of two nice safe friendly Europeans we managed to engage him in conversation. We broke out the dictionary and slowly explained that we needed help...” The boy’s family eventually towed the boat off the sandbank and the rowers enjoyed some rest and food at his house before reaching Manaus and celebrating their success. A lecturer in strategy and organisation at Cambridge Judge Business School, Mark decided to join adventurer Anton on the trip to finally experience his research projects at first hand. In 2007 Mark also spent a year with the Cambridge Boat Race squad as part of his research into the dynamics of collaboration under pressure, writing ‘The Last Amateurs’ after his experience. Mark and Anton took on the Amazon to raise funds for the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. If you would like to support the cause then you can find out more at www.rowtheamazon.com

#GOODrowtheamazon.com @RowtheAmazon I’m being treated to an amazing sunset as mark and I row home. Both at the oars, into the wild on the Laptop. We know we will be fine.

#BADrowtheamazon.com @RowtheAmazon This corner is massive... Is it bad form to wake mark and make him do it? #sleepinglikeababy

#UGLYrowtheamazon.com @RowtheAmazon Starting to get a bit whiffy on board now, could do with using the new @cuwbc #yellow/mintybluefire/mintybluefire#yellow

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