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series: Row Hard No Excuses
air date: 3/23/13 4:00 AM
The Atlantic Rowing Challenge is a race for hard-core rowers. It is an event for those who crave an adventure and are willing to pay for it financially, physically and emotionally. At $19,000 to enter, and another $150,000 to build the boat, it takes every ounce of crazy determination to row non-stop from the Canary Islands to Barbados. Those who cross the finish line first get a trophy, but if a rower abandons the race en route, he is required to burn his boat. John Zeigler and Tom Mailhot, the only US team in the race -- and at 51 and 41, among the oldest competitors -- enter the race with high hopes of winning. But their grueling journey was underestimated, and their quest offered one major obstacle after another. With a camera in nearly every boat, director Luke Wolbach pieces together the story of the race -- tragedies and triumphs alike -- and assembles a portrait of perseverance under the most extreme circumstances. 2007 Must See Award at MountainFilm in Telluride. 2007 Best Sports Action Film at Jackson Hole Film Festival. 2007 Best Storytelling In A Documentary at Nantucket Film Festival. 2007 Best Documentary at New Hampshire Film Festival. 2008 Best Sports Action Film at Flagstaff Mountain Film Festival. 2008 Best Sports Film at Tiburon International Film Festival.
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