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Marines finish Paris training row
Royal Marine reservists in Paris at the end of the training row
The team laid a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Paris
A team of Royal Marine reservists has completed a row from London to Paris in training for an attempt at the Atlantic rowing record next January.

The team is Dom Mee, 35, from Somerset, Tom Rendell, 29, of Wiltshire, Peter Bird, 23, of Bristol and Chris Martin, 29, and Ed James, 27, from London.

"We are really happy with the boat and are confident," said Mr Mee.

The current Atlantic rowing record of 35 days and 8 hours has stood since 1992.

The British Ocean Rowing team finally arrived in the French capital at the weekend having set off from HMS President at Tower Bridge, St Katherine's Dock, at 1300 BST on 22 August.

"It is 200 miles from the mouth of the Seine to central Paris, the river meanders which causes complex tidal eddies and for most of the time we were battling headwinds," said Mr Mee.

How the mind, body and soul deals with problems is the difference between success and failure
Captain Dom Mee

"Although the trip took far longer than expected it has been a real eye opener for the team and this training mission has taught the team many aspects and disciplines that will be so useful for the Atlantic row in January," he added.

The British Ocean Rowing Team ended the expedition by laying a wreath at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier under the Arc de Triomphe and observing a minute's silence in memory of the dead who were never identified during both world wars.

Despite the tough journey, the team ended the row feeling positive about the challenge ahead.

Mr Mee said: "It is drilled into every Royal Marine: Never give up. Some days we could travel 60 miles, others none, that is the reality of ocean rowing.

"How the mind, body and soul deals with problems is the difference between success and failure."


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