Minnesota man sets world record rowing across dangerous Drake Passage

Updated: January 14, 2020 06:26 PM

A Minnesota man has helped set a new world record, and he did it by traveling through one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the world. 

Last month Andrew Towne of Minneapolis and a team of five others became the first ever to row across the Drake Passage from Chile to Antarctica.

"Drake Passage lived up to it's billing as being the most treacherous stretch of water in the world," Towne said.

In a 29 foot boat, the group took turns rowing in 90-minute shifts, 24 hours a day, battling huge ocean swells. 

"There were moments I was terrified," Towne said. 

The trip took twelve days, and the group set several world records. 

"The six of us in the boat were so excited we popped six of our emergency flares and high fived each other," he said.

 Towne has also climbed Mount Everest. His next big adventure: learning how to salsa dance. 

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