Half-brothers Greg Bailey and Jude Massey have set sail on a 3000 mile challenge to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
The half-brothers left the harbour in Gran Canaria today (Thursday) at 6am and are headed for Barbados. are aiming to raise £100,000 for skin cancer research in memory of their stepdad/dad Peter Massey, who suffered from the disease for 16 years before passing away in 2015.
Novice rowers Greg, 27, and Jude, 18, are taking on the row completely unsupported after a year of training and fundraising. They expect to take approximately eight weeks – hurricane dependent – to make the crossing.
Their training has prepared them for all eventualities including bad weather, capsizing, large sea-life encounters and technical failure.
Upon successful completion of the challenge, Jude will be the youngest man to row any ocean in the world and will become a Guinness World Record holder. The brothers would also be the first vegans to complete the crossing.
Junior doctor Greg said: “It’s not just about the money for skin cancer research, but also raising the awareness of checking and protecting the skin from a young age. We have copious amounts of sunscreen and UV protective clothing for our voyage.”
Jude added: “This challenge means so much to us. If we can stop another family from suffering like ours has, then it’ll all be worth it. We want to make dad proud.”