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Challenge of a lifetime for rowers

Rowers Alex Macdonald and Luke Grose
Alex and Luke will pass through shark infested waters and meet curious whales

North Yorkshire rowers Alex Macdonald and Luke Grose are attempting a daring Atlantic crossing.

The pair, from Giggleswick, are competing in a 3,000 mile trans-Atlantic rowing race and were due to set off from the Island of La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 6 December 2009 and finishing in Antigua around five weeks later.

Unfortunately due to bad weather, the start was delayed and they were hoping to get underway in early January 2010.

The pair will take turns rowing the 23ft handmade wooden boat while the other sleeps in the small cabin. They'll face 50ft waves, shark infested waters, curious whales and shipping hazards during their intrepid crossing.

They were given a good send-off at their local pub in the village before leaving for some last minute training in the Canaries.

"It was great to have a chance to say goodbye to all our friends, family and supporters who have helped us with the £50,000 bid to break the 40 day world record," said Alex Macdonald.

Rowers Alex Macdonald and Luke Grose
The rowers will take it in turns to row, while the other sleeps

"Obviously being away from home and the people we love will be one of the hardest parts of this journey, and to get such a great send off from everyone, and enjoy our last few pints for a while was fantastic," added his team mate Luke Grose.

Known as the world's toughest rowing race, the Woodvale Atlantic has been completed by fewer people than have climbed Mount Everest. The race was publicised in a TV documentary in 2005 following the entry of TV presenter Ben Fogle and Olympic rower James Cracknell.

Alex and Luke been preparing for the event for over two years and have worked tirelessly to attract enough sponsors to make their record-breaking attempt possible.

Supporters can catch up with regular blogs from the rowers, as well as track their position via live GPS positioning maps on their website and on BBC Radio York's breakfast show with Adam Tomlinson.

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