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History Making Island Girls Return Home

Monday 28th January, 2019-Team Antigua Island Girls returned home this afternoon to a hero’s welcome in Nelson’s Dockyard after rowing the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge.

Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emanuel and Captain Kevinia Francis created history as the first all black female team in the world to row across the Atlantic Ocean. They rowed into the dockyard after 3p.m today to the cheers of thousands of supporters that included family and friends, completing an epic journey that began in La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12th December, 2018 and covering 3000 miles in 47 days.

Government officials were in attendance and several of them took to the podium to offer congratulations.

The voices of Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams, Lady Sandra Williams, sir Viv Richards and Prime Minister Gaston Browne.


Speaking on behalf of the team, Captain Kevinia Francis expressed appreciation for the overwhelming support they received on their journey.

She recounted that the rowing challenge had its high and low points, but as a team, they succeeded.

Thirty thousand dollars were raised for the team’s charity and with the government’s pledge of $40,000, the Cottage of Hope Charity will be the beneficiary of $ 70,000.

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