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Sent on Mormon-News: 26Feb01

By Rosemary Pollock

LDS Man's Attempt to Row Accross Atlantic Swamped

MIAMI, FLORIDA -- It's official! The "Brother of Jared" rowboat was officially certified as an ocean crossing by the Ocean Rowing Society headquartered in London last week shortly after Richard Jones of Utah rowed the 30-foot boat through the Caicos Passage just south of the Bahamas and clear of the Atlantic Ocean. Yet, the voyage officially ended when a tow from a passing fishing vessel swamped the rowboat causing Jones to abort his winter-long odyssey less than 400 miles from his intended destination of the Florida mainland.

"The boat was completely ruined," said Allison Newell, Jones' daughter. In the 133 days he was at sea, Jones, of Midvale had rowed some 4,579 miles. He was on a straight line from Los Gigantes to his stopping point in the Bahamas where he had covered 3,675 miles with only 376 miles to go to the Florida coast when he came ashore on Tuesday.

It was October 10, when Jones dropped his $100,000 30-foot fiberglass rowboat into the waters of the Atlantic in the Canary Islands. While Jones has moved through the stages of boat designer, boat builder and finally boat rower, Alan Huestis has been the man behind the scenes of Jones' journey. For the past five years, Huestis has dutifully chronicled Jones' adventure for a TV documentary. The last thing Huestis shouted as Jones rowed away was "Turn on the camera!" Now, five months and over 300 miles from Miami later, Huestis is anxious to reunite with his friend.

"When he called Tuesday he said he was safe and in good shape. We just haven't heard from him since, so we're all just waiting," said Huestis from the Casablanca Hotel lobby where he waits with members of Jones' family. "Richard is one of the more determined individuals I've ever met," said Huestis of his friend.

"I've never seen anyone more determined to accomplish a goal. He'll make it back in good shape. I have no doubt about that. Right now I'd guess he's sitting on the beach with those fishermen cooking a mackerel and eating a coconut." When he finally does make it to Miami he will be greeted by his four children, Suzie, Allison, Scott and Kathy.

Sources: Utah rower waterlogged but resilient Deseret News 21Feb01 P2,1249,255007638,00.html By Lee Benson: Deseret News columnist Utah rower waterlogged but resilient

Photographer eager to see friend who rowed the Atlantic Deseret News 22Feb01 P2,1249,255007943,00.html By Lee Benson: Deseret News columnist Photographer eager to see friend who rowed the Atlantic 'Man behind the scenes' chronicled ocean adventure

Deseret News 21Feb01 P2
By Lee Benson: Deseret News columnist


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