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NUBC vs DFDS Ferry 2018

Newcastle University Boat Club members were once again successful in racing DFDS’ King Seaways ferry to Amsterdam this weekend, completing the challenge in just 15 hours 2 mins.

The highly-anticipated event, which last took place five years ago, saw a team of eighteen rowers attempting to row the 495km from Newcastle to Amsterdam in less than the mini cruise ferry’s average crossing time of fifteen and a half hours. With DFDS’ King Seaways sailing at an average speed of 17 knots / 31km per hour, this was no easy feat!

As the ship sailed into Amsterdam, the NUBC celebrated reaching the continent and took a well-earned rest. In total over 45,000 strokes had been made and a whopping 35,000 calories had been burnt.