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Hawkins Squadron Meeting

On Thursday evening March 2, 2017, American Oarsmen Skipper Mike Matson gave a presentation on his team's recent completion of the 2016-17 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Matson and his teammates, David Alviar and Brian Krauskopf, completed the race on February 2, with a passage time of 49 days, 14 hours, 4 minutes, and 20 seconds. By Adm Andy Hall... READ MORE

Houston-area rowboat crew completes 49-day voyage across Atlantic

By Harvey Rice, Houston Chronicle    February 2, 2017    Updated: February 3, 2017 10:49am

Rowers David Alviar, Brian Krauskopf and Mike Matson (Left to right) celebrate their arrival.

GALVESTON - The three-member crew of Texans on the rowboat Anne had slogged 44 days through nearly 3,000 miles of the vast Atlantic Ocean when the freak wave struck from the side, nearly capsizing the vessel.

The wave hit when the crew was least prepared, just as it changed shifts, nearly tossing 32-year-old Michael Matson of Missouri City into the sea. Matson saved himself by grabbing the jackstay, but his foot caught a line and gave his ankle a savage twist.

The boat rolled 90 degrees, sending loose gear and provisions overboard before the crew counterbalanced it with their weight.  The close call left Matson unable to row, shifting the burden of propelling the craft to Brian Krauskopf, 38, and David Alviar, 31, both of Houston.

Their hands chafed and raw, their backsides covered with sores from the constant rocking of the rowing motion, they despaired of catching the boat ahead in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

"It put a funk on the push and we kind of lost morale," Krauskopf said.

Then they saw whales.  

  By: Harvey Rice , Houston Chronicle


Production is currently underway on our “History of the Texas Navy” film to be featured at the TNA’s exhibit aboard the USS Lexington. While we have received a generous grant of $35,000 from a non-profit  foundation.  The TNA needs your financial help to complete this worthwhile project. Be among the first to view, and the first to contribute. The Texas Navy Needs You!

Jerry Patterson
President, TNA

For a description of the various projects please click on this link Texas Navy Projects

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