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Hampshire brothers complete 3000 mile Atlantic row

Photo: Adam Rowley

A pair of half brothers from Hampshire who rowed 3000 miles across the Atlantic ocean have completed their voyage.

Greg Bailey and Jude Massey arrived in Barbados, after 53 days of rowing through a vast range of challenging conditions.

They experienced a succession of equipment failures, calamities, pain and near misses.

“After 53 days at sea I feel really wobbly and I just can’t believe we’ve made it this far – it’s incredible. It also feels amazing to have a Guinness World Record and to have raised £82,000 (and counting) for skin cancer research.”

– Rower Jude Massey
Credit: Adam Rowley

The duo took on the feat to try and raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation in memory of Jude's father and Greg's stepfather Peter Massey.

Mr Massey died in 2015 from skin cancer.

They have so far raised more than £82,000. You can donate by clicking here.

The men left Gran Canaria for Barbados on the 15th of January.

They defied all the odds, completing their voyage in a 24-foot boat with no support craft.

“I just feel totally overwhelmed to be here in Barbados and even more so to have received such a wonderful reception from all our family and friends. I’m so happy that we managed to complete the challenge for the British Skin Foundation in memory of Peter and raise awareness of skin cancer at the same time.”

– Greg Bailey
The route taken by Greg and Jude as they rowed across the Atlantic for charity Credit: Ocean Brothers

"When I said goodbye to them at the airport in Gran Canaria, I walked away thinking "will I ever see them again? "And to have them back is a dream come true. I am incredibly proud of them and their determination to continue through the worst conditions. The best Mother's Day present and mum could have."

– The boy's mother, Alexandra Massey

Jude and Greg are due to return to the south of England with a special homecoming ceremony, involving no rowing whatsoever!

Swapping their 24-foot boat for 1082-foot cruise ship Britannia, which is due to dock in Southampton on the 30th March.