Ballast lambast

Typical lawyers. Cast your mind back a few weeks to the exploits of Olympic rowing champion James Crackers and TV presenter Ben Foggy in the 2005 Atlantic Rowing Race. The high-profile pouting pair were the first double-crewed boat to finish in Antigua in January. They appeared to have snagged the title. Sadly, though, they hadn’t reckoned on Clifford Chance‘s risk management head Chris Andrews and his rowing partner Clint Evans.

Cracked-Actor and Fog-on-the-Tyne had, it emerged, dipped into the emergency fresh-water ballast in their boat, incurring time penalties. The news of this didn’t go down well, especially with Evans, who said, referring to the fact that the celebrity duo had been named winners, that he and Clifford Chance’s Andrews were “incandescent” about this “pandering to celebrity”.

Evans went on to say that, as a competitive rower, he was as aware as Cracking-Up that rules were rules. “If you infringe them in a competition you have to accept the penalty,” he added. Andrews was believed to be thumbing through a copy of the cross-Atlantic rule book as he ranted.

So it appears congratulations are due to the dauntless pair, who crossed the brine in a small rowing boat, braving waves, whales and wind (terrible diet they have on those small boats, you know) for charity.

Their victory may be a confusingly legal result, but it’s a good one for Team C2 – which also raised nearly £20,000 for charity.