Four Yorkshiremen, known collectively as team Row4Victory, have less than 500 nautical miles left to reach the finish line in their gruelling race across the Atlantic Ocean.
The team are due to reach English Harbour in Antigua on Monday 21st January after they’ve rowed the final stretch of the gruelling 3000-mile race.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge began at La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12th December and has seen the foursome rowing in pairs, two hours on and two hours off, around the clock.
Rowing to raise money for military charities Soldier On! and the Royal British Legion, they’re currently in 5th place overall going for 4th, closing in on South African team Mad4Waves.
Sir Gary Verity DL, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “It’s fantastic that Row4Victory are due to finish in the top five of 27 teams after facing so many challenges along the way. They’ve showed true Yorkshire grit and determination and are in a great position to possibly even finish in the top four, which would be an amazing feat. The whole county is behind them on this final stretch of the race.”
The team consists of four determined friends from North Yorkshire: Duncan Roy, former Royal Engineer from Ingleby Arncliffe; Fraser Mowlem, serving Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force from Linton-On-Ouse; Glyn Sadler, former Royal Marine from Borrowby and Will Quarmby, a landscape gardener from Ripon, who said:
“With less than 500 miles left to go we dare to visualize Antigua and the finish line of the 2018 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Arriving in the harbour will make four Yorkshire men very proud after us rowing relentlessly around the clock for 40 days in an eight-meter rowing boat. With sleep deprivation, sores, injuries, and ration packs, seeing our much-missed loved ones will be a welcome treat.
“Arriving in Antigua will be special but not as special as getting back to God’s Own County. The amazing support we have received from all our friends, families and sponsors has been incredible. We would not have been able to make it to the start line were not for Yorkshire getting behind us and allowing us to raise as much as possible for our two charities, The Royal British Legion and Solider On!”
Support Row4Victory by sponsoring or donating via www.row4victory.com/donate or by texting 70070 with the code ROWV59 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
For more information about the race: taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com
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