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Victory ahoy for rowing relatives
A four-man family rowing team from Devon are on course to win the Atlantic Rowing race.

The group of brothers and cousins from Beer are leading the fleet of 26 craft by more than 650 miles.

James Green, 24, and Justin Adkin, 26, who are members of the Exmouth RNLI, are competing with Robert Adkin, 23, and 19-year-old Martin Adkin.

Olympic oarsman James Cracknell and TV presenter Ben Fogle are currently in third position.

'Scary' weather

Since the Devon kinsmen left the Canary Islands on 30 November in their boat All Relative, the group has covered 2,072 miles - with a further 859 to the finish line in the West Indies.

Teenager Martin Adkin will be the youngest person to row the Atlantic once the race is complete.

A total of 26 teams are competing in the 2,250-mile race from La Gomera to Antigua.

The nearest rivals are David Martin from Berkshire, George Simpson and Glynn Coupland from Bristol and Neil Wightwick from Glasgow.

Race organisers Woodvale Events described recent weather conditions as "dramatic".

"We have had reports of some teams surfing down the waves at up to 15 knots," said a spokesman.

"It is a little bit scary for some because it is their first experience of the trade winds."

The family team from Beer is chasing the world record of 36 days and 59 minutes, set last year by another Devon team from Dartmouth.

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