Brit pair Mel King and Annie Januszewski to row across the Atlantic naked

Updated: 10 Dec 2009
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Daring ... girls shed their clothes in their boat


Brit pair ... Annie Januszewski, left, and Mel King



TWO brave women are hoping to row themselves into the record books by crossing the Atlantic NAKED.


Cheeky Brit pair Mel King, 37 and Annie Januszewski, 40, will do the whole 3,000 mile voyage in the buff.


They were going to attempt the feat wearing just in their bras and knickers to avoid their clothes causing painful chaffing.


But they've now decided to strip down all the way.


They hope it will allow them to focus on the oar-inspiring history making voyage.


The duo will have to battle 35ft waves and row for 15 hours a day if they are going to become the fastest all female crew to cross the pond.


The current world record for two women doing it is 75 days.


But Mel and Annie have their sights set on just 70 days.


Annie said: "I've just turned 40 but I'd like to get it straight that I'm not going through a mid life crisis.


"Hopefully being nude will allow us to shave days off our time."




She added: "I know it's going be the hardest thing I've ever done and boy, is my bum going to suffer."


The pro rowers from Bristol usually row in a mixed four team.


Mel, 37, said after ditching the men, being starkers won't be difficult because they're such good mates.


But she joked it won't be all plain sailing because they'll probably bicker.


She said: "We've rowed together for 15 years, been on many holidays, got ourselves into and out of various scrapes and shared hundreds of bottles of white wine.


"Annie and I are both strong characters, we both speak our minds, so we will definitely argue mid Atlantic."


The girls are due to set off — weather permitting — from Gomera in the Canary Islands today and finish in Antigua in February.


They are the only woman only team of the 30 taking part in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009.


Only seven all girl crews have ever completed the mission.


They face a bleak Christmas with only each other for company.


But the fact they'll only be wearing a smile for two-and-a-half months won't be the only thing on their minds.


Their basic boat only has cramped sleeping quarters and they'll have to relieve themselves in a bucket.


They'll both suffer the effects of sleep deprivation as well as sunstroke.


And they'll have to keep their eyes peeled for oil tankers as they cross busy shipping lanes.


But they'll be raising ?0,000 for MacMillan Cancer Support along the way.


Annie added: "I have always, always wanted to do something of this magnitude and what could possibly be bigger than rowing the Atlantic and setting a world record?"


Annie and Mel are following the footsteps of Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell and TV presenter pal Ben Fogle.


But the boys were only naked for some of their transatlantic row in 2005.




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