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Rowing challenge 'almost over' after 46 days

The team of four women from in an around Kingsbridge, currently rowing from the Canary Islands to Antigua for charity, say they've just missed out on a British Women's record.

The Astro-To-Atlantic team are rowing 3,000 miles -  two hours on and taking two hours off - and expect to finish later today.

In a exclusive update for The Breeze from onboard crew member Helen Symons said: "In spite of everything this challenge throws at you we have coped really well as a team. 

"We have suffered from blisters on our hands, sore bottoms and some severe back pain for some of the crew. 

"It took some time for a couple of us to get over the seasickness and that has seen some dramatic weight loss in one member of the team. 

"One person has also suffered from an eye infection the last couple of days. 

"The sleep deprivation has also provided some interesting hallucinations! 

"Thankfully we are able to support each other, get each other through each shift, we stay positive and we can always find something to laugh about! 

"Unfortunately the weather has not provided the help that saw the amazing records set last year. 

"We have missed the British record as we fought through the middle section of the crossing with the winds against us. It has been a slow year in terms of race finish times. 

"We are pushing hard to finish on Saturday 26th at around 8pm Antiguan time, this would see us finish in around 46 days. 

"We couldn’t have completed this challenge without the support from home. 

"We get daily updates with all the messages of support. 

"It's incredible to think how many people have been donating and sending messages! "

For more about the challenge click here

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