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Atlantic challenge for adventurer
Dom Mee
Dom Mee was attacked by a Musk Ox on a previous polar trip
A Somerset explorer has unveiled plans for his latest adventure - an attempt to break the record for rowing the Atlantic in under 35 days.

Dom Mee had to be rescued by Canadian coastguards on his last bid to cross the ocean in a kite-powered boat.

But now the former Royal Marine Commando wants to row 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Barbados.

The current record was set by a 10-man French team in 1992 and has withstood more than 200 challenges.

Mr Mee, 34, from West Buckland, near Wellington, will be joined in his latest expedition by Ed James, 27, from Sandon, Hertfordshire and 23-year-old Pete Bird and 28-year-old Tom Rendell, both from Bristol.

We have taken food for 35 days - if we do not break the record we starve
Dom Mee

He said the team was determined to break the 35-day, eight-hour record, and felt that with favourable winds and good weather, they would succeed.

"We have taken food for 35 days - if we do not break the record we starve," he explained.

"It is the Blue Riband record of ocean rowing, and we hope we can bring it back home."

Last October, Mr Mee was forced to abandon his kite-powered attempt on the Atlantic after his 14ft boat, Little Murka, was battered by a number of hurricanes.

"Coming that close to death affected me deeply," he said.

"Hopefully taking on the Atlantic again will inspire me to continue to push the boundaries of the human experience."


SEE ALSO
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26 Sep 05 |  Somerset
Ex-marine starts ocean challenge
19 Aug 05 |  Somerset
Kite-boat plan to cross Atlantic
12 Aug 05 |  Somerset
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04 Sep 04 |  Somerset
Explorer displays Arctic finds
28 Nov 03 |  Somerset

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