Adm. Mike Matson (r.) presents a U.S. Ensign and TNA pennant to Adms. Chester F. Barnes II (l.) and Adm. Dick Hatch (c.).
On Thursday evening, 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. They covered a total distance of 2,789 nautical miles. They finished fourth in the race overall, and first among three-man crews.
Matson presented the Texas Navy Association with a United States Ensign and a TNA pennant (above), both of which had been carried across the Atlantic during the race. The Ensign was originally from U.S.S. Constitution, the oldest commissioned vessel in the U.S. Navy. The TNA helped sponsor the American Oarsmen’s endeavor.
Matson was also presented a Texas Navy medal, in recognition of his efforts in representing the TNA in this remarkable effort.