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Devon rowers eye Atlantic record
The foursome are rowing harder to beat the race record
Four young Devon rowers are heading for a record in the Atlantic Rowing Race.

Justin Adkin, 26, his brother Robert, 23, and cousins Martin Adkin, 19, and James Green, 24, from Beer are 750 miles (1,207km) ahead of the next boat.

Their boat All Relative, which has 469 miles (754km) to go, is due to cross the finish line early on Sunday.

Their progress since the start on 30 November puts them in reach of beating the race record of 40 days set by a New Zealand team in 2003.

Rowers group
The Beer boys, clockwise from top left: Martin Adkin, Robert Adkin, James Green, and Justin Adkin
Justin said: "We've been rowing even harder as Martin, the youngest person to row the Atlantic, turns 20 on Saturday."

Relatives of the Devon four are flying out to Antigua to welcome them.

Twenty six teams set out from the Canary Islands to row 2,931 miles (4,727 km) to Antigua in the West Indies.

They include British Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell partnered by TV presenter Ben Fogle.

The competitors, many of whom had little or no rowing experience, have been battered by storms and living off ration pack food.

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