RESCUED ROWER WANTS TO VISIT SCILLY

The 70-year-old Norwegian man rescued while rowing from New York to Scilly has said that he wants to visit the islands before heading home.

Stein Hoff had been attempting to row alone, non-stop with no physical support from Manhattan to St Mary's when 9m high waves damaged his rudder and caused him to lose his oars 900 miles off Land's End on Saturday.

 

He was eventually picked up by bulk carrier Ludolf Oldendorff after his vessel the Fox II rolled about ten times in huge waves. 

 

His wife Diana has now posted an update from Hoff on the Ludolf Oldendorff, writing: "He is in good spirits, enjoying the comforts, the company and the good food on board. He gave a little show of his pictures and videos to the crew yesterday evening. 

 

"He weighed himself for the first time today, 6kg less than usual, so he probably lost about 7kg as he has eaten a lot already since he was rescued. He would like to visit Hugh Town in the Isles of Scilly as a fitting finale to his trip, so he and I will make a little pilgrimage there on the way home."

 

Hoff set off from New York to Scilly on May 15 to commemorate the transatlantic rowing achievement of Norwegian-Americans Georg Harbo and Gabriel 'Frank' Samuelsen in 1896. 

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