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'We're in the swing and on course' say rowers

The Astro To Atlantic team before they set off for The Talisker Whisky Challenge

The four women from around Kingsbridge who're trying to break a British women's rowing record have given The Breeze an exclusive update.

They're currently rowing 3,000 miles between the Canary Islands and Antigua.

Apparently the wind was against them in the past few days and so they need to catch up if they want to break the record - but say they can.

The ladies are able to respond to messages via on-board technology.

Crew member Helen Symons told The Breeze: "The first week or so was tough getting on to our routine and getting over the sea sickness. 

"We have all now adjusted well and we are well in to the swing of doing our two hours on and two hours off. 

"We suffered a bit of a set back just before Christmas where we had the wind turn against us. 

"This meant we made very slow progress for two days and we have some catching up to do. 

"However it is possible to make this time up if the weather stays in our favour! 

"We've been missing our friends and family back home an awful lot so we would like to send our love to everyone and would love everyone to keep supporting us as we row ever closer to Antigua. 

"We are hoping our chosen charity will benefit massively from what we are doing."

Throughout challenge they'll be rowing for two hours on and taking two hours off.

They have a target of 40 days to cross between San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua.

  • For more about the challenge click here
  • To listen to Breeze interviews with the ladies before they set off click here

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