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Row4Victory finish Atlantic Challenge in under 40 days

Four Yorkshiremen, known as team Row4Victory, have finished fifth in their 3000 mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean after nearly 40 days at sea.

They rowed around the clock every day since they set sail around the world on 12th December with 27 teams from from La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

Well, we’ve only gone and done it!!!

– Rower, Will Quarmby
They reached the finish line in Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua at 03:32 GMT Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire
They raised money for military charities Soldier On! and the Royal British Legion. Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

The aim behind the challenge was to raise money for military charities Soldier On! and the Royal British Legion.

Row4Victory reached the finish line - Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua - at 03:32 GMT (23:32 local time).

The team consists of four friends from North Yorkshire: Duncan Roy, former Royal Engineer from Ingleby Arncliffe; Fraser Mowlem, serving Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force from Linton-On-Ouse; Glyn Sadler, former Royal Marine from Borrowby and Will Quarmby, a landscape gardener from Ripon.

The team consists of four friends from North Yorkshire Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

Three thousand miles of open ocean crossed with nothing but oars and Yorkshire grit.

To see land then lights, then boats, then people really built our excitement, adrenaline and the feeling of achievement.

The crowning glory was to see the faces of the family, friends and sponsors that were able to make it to the finish line.

Faces and voices we are used to seeing and hearing in Yorkshire made it truly feel like coming home.

– Rower, Will Quarmby
They rowed around the clock every day since they set sail on 12 December Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

We’re incredibly proud of Fraser, Will, Duncan and Glyn. It’s a huge achievement making such a gruelling journey and to come in in fifth place is a great result for them. They’ve shown real Yorkshire grit and courage throughout the challenge and also raised tens of thousands of pounds for two incredibly deserving charities.

We’re looking forward to giving them a true Yorkshire welcome when they arrive back in God’s Own County.

– Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, Sir Gary Verity
The team finished fifth out of 27 teams Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

This has been an incredible challenge for these four guys who sacrificed Christmas at home with their families to row across the Atlantic and raise money for our armed forces community.

We’ve been following their progress and it seems such a long time since we waved them off at Leeds-Bradford Airport, they should be justifiably proud of their achievement.

– Community Fundraising Manager for the Royal British Legion, Helen Mason
They finished the challenge in under 40 days Credit: Welcome to Yorkshire

In 10 years of us helping people to 'soldier on', we have never before received such committed support as we have done from Duncan, Fraser, Glyn and Will of team Row4Victory.

Working with these four is an honour and a pleasure and our gratitude will endure forever.

– Founding Trustee of Soldier On, Nicholas Harrison