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Pacific challenge
THE JOURNEY THE ROWERS THE BOAT
Tim Welford
Age 33
Lives: Poole, Dorset (married)
Serving Royal Marine Corporal

  On the challenge: "The north Pacific is the holy grail of ocean rowing," says Tim.

Career: Tim has served throughout the world with the Royal Marines and is trained in hostile environment survival - be it in the Arctic, on sea or in jungle. He is a qualified ski instructor, parachutist and diver.

Relevant experience: Tim has taken part in numerous extreme challenges in the past. In 1997 he rowed across the Atlantic in just 60 days as part of a team challenge. He has also skied across Iceland in 47 days and taken part in numerous Alpine mountaineering expeditions.

Prepared for the trip? "Fear is a wasted emotion thereís no place for it in an expedition. But there is apprehension - especially about the weather."

What he says about Dom: "Domís very focused. Once he gets something between his teeth he wonít let go of it until he has achieved it."

Dom Mee
Age: 30
Lives: Exmouth, Devon (married)
Serving Royal Marine Corporal

  On the challenge: "It's been on my mind morning, noon and night for the last two years," says Dom.

Career: Dom has served throughout the world with the Royal Marines and is trained in hostile environment survival - be it in the Arctic, on sea or in jungle. A qualified parachutist and hand gliding pilot, Domís other passions are offshore sailing and the environment.

Relevant experience: Dom is an accomplished yachtsman and has represented the UK and New Zealand in international competitions including the Sydney to Hobart race and the Fastnet race.

Prepared for the trip? "There will be times when I will doubt myself. But I can see myself rowing underneath the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It will happen."

What he says about Tim: "Heís a small guy but a tough nut. He has proven himself on an ocean row. I will be taking a lot of advice."

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