Prostitute causes mutinous storm in a port

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THE CASE of the mutiny on the rowing boat took a new twist yesterday when it was claimed that the crew jumped ship after the skipper was caught with a prostitute when he should have been overseeing repairs.

Crew members of the Atlantic Endeavour were believed to be returning to Scotland last night after abandoning their attempt to break the record for rowing the Atlantic.

It had been reported that the crew decided not to continue with the attempt because of skipper Roy Finlay's iron discipline and because of safety fears. But yesterday it was suggested the crew had taken its decision to quit after their captain enjoyed a traditional port- of-call pleasure at Sao Vicente in the Cape Verde islands.

Mr Finlay was still believed to be on the island yesterday but was unavailable to comment on the allegations, made in a Scottish newspaper. But the Ocean Rowing Society, speaking on behalf of Capt Finlay's father, Bob, said it was believed that crew members had been upset by the skipper's behaviour.

The society's executive director, Kenneth Crutchlow, said: "I have spoken to Capt Finlay's father and it seems the story about the prostitute is true. What is going to happen now is not clear - I think that Capt Finlay might try and continue somehow himself."

The crew of 16 men and two women, which had trained for months to break the transatlantic record of 35 days and eight hours, had managed 700 of the 3,000 miles when they decided to give up. A number flew to New York after they docked in the Cape Verde islands for safety checks.

Mr Crutchlow added: "Roy has told [his father] he is determined to get to Barbados with the boat, so I suppose he will be looking to get another crew."