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Devon rowers prepare for British Women's Record attempt

A team of women from around Kingsbridge have thanked all those who've supported them as they look to break a rowing record.

The Talisker Whisky Challenge is 3,000 miles from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua.

They will be rowing in pairs -  two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day -  as they attempt to beat the current British Women's record of 40 days.

The Atlantic Ocean was first rowed in 1896. Since then there have been many records broken but to this day more people have climbed Everest, trekked to the North Pole and travelled into space than successfully rowed across the Atlantic.

Click play to hear Helen Symons explaining how they will support each other during the challenge

The group fly out on November 30 and the challenge starts on December 12.

Thanks to community support the girls have raised almost £100,000 although say more donations are still needed.

Click play to hear Louise Read explaining where the idea for the challenge came from

The team are aged between 27 and 49 - with one turning 50 during the event. Three of the girls will have birthdays during the challenge.

During the trip rowers face a 'constant battle of sleep deprivation, blisters, salt sores and physical exhaustion; it is the ultimate challenge of endurance, testing rowers to their limits, both physically and mentally'.

Click play to hear Chloe Harvey explaining how she got involved

The challenge is to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance.

For more about the challenge click here

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