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Grandads - who had never rowed before - aiming to cross the Atlantic

Two parachute regiment veterans who are hoping to become the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic have tested their boat out on the water for the first time.

Peter Ketley and Neil Young were in Burnham on Crouch in Essex, where their boat Pegasus was built.

The slight problem is until last year they'd never rowed before and neither have any nautical experience! They will have a combined age of 123 years old and if they succeed, will set a world record as the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic.

Peter taking to the boat for the first time in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Under their ironic team name, 'Grandads of the Atlantic', the pair have entered the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December, which will see around 25 teams row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from La Gomera (Canary Islands) to Antigua.

Peter and Neil will be alone at sea for approximately 50 days. They'll row for 24 hours a day in two-hour shifts and survive using freeze-dried ration packs and a desalinating water maker.

They're hoping to raise money for three charities close to their heart- Royal British Legion, Dreams Come True, Support Our Paras.

News of the Grandad's incredible endeavour is starting to spread. They recently received a message of support from five-times Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave.

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Good luck with your epic journey as you take part in the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to row 3,000 miles unassisted across the Atlantic and whilst doing so undertaking to raise £250k for some fantastic well-deserved charities.

Your family and friends must be so proud of you both. I wish you both the very best and hope very much you achieve your goals. With your military background I have no doubt you will. It will get tough, but that's when the tough get going. This will be a trip to remember!

– Sir Steve Redgrave

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