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A former student at the Coláiste Iognáid was one of the 14-man rowing crew which broke the record for the fastest transatlantic crossing. Ray Carroll has been rowing since he attended Galway’s Jesuit school and has represented Ireland in the World junior championships, the World University games, and won gold for Ireland in the European rowing championships.

When his crew reached Port St Charles, Barbados, on Thursday 17 January they broke a record that has resisted numerous attempts since 1992, setting a new 32-day standard. Ray was selected from some 200 applicants to be part of the crew that was skippered by Leven Brown, holder of the record for rowing solo across the Atlantic and a Guinness World Record rowing from mainland Spain to the West Indies.