Jersey man rows the Atlantic

A man from Jersey has successfully skippered a team of four across the Atlantic.

Rufus Scholefield captained ‘The Dorabros’ across the 3,000 mile journey. It took them 36 days, 10 hours and 31 minutes.

During the challenge they raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust in memory of Harry Zambon who had a rare form of brain cancer.

The team left La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12 December and on Friday 17 December they reached Antigua.

You lose sight of land two days after the start of the race. We are about six hours out of Antigua after 36 days at sea and land comes into view. It’s an amazing feeling.

Rufus Scholefield

Rufus, a former Team GB rower, described how the first thing he saw after over a month of rowing was unexpected.

During the challenge they raised money for the Teenage Cancer Trust Credit: Ben Duffy

The first thing I saw was a Jersey flag. My father had broken into one of the old forts which was at the mouth of English harbour and raised the Jersey flag at one of their flag poles. I think he got in a bit of trouble for it.

Rufus Scholefield

On the ‘peaceful’ journey with his best friends they saw dolphins, turtles, whales and more surprisingly… a butterfly. But for Rufus his favourite moment was when they capsized in the middle of a storm.

The team decided to call themselves the Dorabros after the dorado fish, often found in the Carribean.

The Dorado fish which inspired the teams name. They even caught one on their journey Credit: Rick Gaffney/Zuma Press/PA Images

They have so far raised £20,000.