Royal Navy to row the Atlantic in support of struggling comrades

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A Royal Navy team is looking to write their names into the record books by rowing the Atlantic and raise money for struggling comrades.

The four-man team, known as the ‘Oarsome’ foursome, will attempt to become the first Royal Navy team to row across the Atlantic while taking part in the gruelling Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. 

It’s an adventure that will see 18 four-man teams attempt to row 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua in the Caribbean in December.

The Royal Navy team will row their £65,000 custom-built boat HMS Oardacious, and look to complete in excess of 1.5m strokes as they tackle gruelling two-hour stints, non-stop, for about a month.

It’s an outfit made up of Lieutenants Hugo Mitchell-Heggs and Callum Fraser, Petty Officer Dylan Woods and Leading Electrical Technician Matty Harvey.

The crew is hoping to raise £130,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity and set up a new mental health support network for those in the Silent Service.

The team captain is 32-year-old, Lt Mitchell-Heggs, who said: "More people have been into space or climbed Everest than have ever rowed the Atlantic. So, to be the first official Royal Navy team to do this would be incredible."

"This is about proving you really can do something extraordinary."


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