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Three friends from Teignmouth complete their race across the Atlantic

Chris Slack, Charlie Medwin and Lewis Matthews set off from La Gomera. Credit: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy

Three former pupils of Torquay Boys Grammar School have finished a 3,000 mile row across the Atlantic.

Chris Slack, Charlie Medwin and Lewis Matthews set off from the Canary Islands in mid-December on the epic journey.

The childhood friends completed the challenge in 38 days, 15 hours and 31 minutes, landing in Antigua just after 5am this morning (20 January). They missed Christmas and New Year to fulfil their feat.

More people have climbed Everest than crossed the Atlantic. The friends endured up to 20ft high waves, lashing rain and a gruelling schedule to complete the challenge.

They planned to row two hours on two hours off, 24 hours a day to cross the ocean. In the end, they each put in an extra two hours to limit the time when one rowing post was unmanned.

On their epic journey, they've seen whales, been hit in the face by flying fish, and lived off freeze fried food.

They've been raising money for four vital charities. Credit: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy

It was all to raise money for four charities: EHE rare cancer charity, Right to Play, OneSight and Kidney Cancer UK.

So far they've raised over £100,000 and hope to reach £200,000.