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Essex grandads set off to row the Atlantic

Peter Ketley and Neil Young in training earlier this year. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pair of grandads from Essex are setting off in an attempt to become the oldest duo to row the Atlantic.

Parachute regiment veterans Peter Ketley and Neil Young, who have a combined age of 123, have no previous experience of being at sea, but will begin their challenge today (December 12).

They're taking part in the 2018 'Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge', using the team name 'Grandads of the Atlantic'.

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Around 25 teams will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from La Gomera in the 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 are attempting to raise £250,000 money for three charities; Royal British Legion, Dreams Come True and Support Our Paras.

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