Home and dry! Rowers arrive

By Toby Leigh in Local People

Totnes’ rowing dentist adventurers have done it.

After 51 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes battling their way 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Justin Marney and Azud Irshad have arrived at the island of Antigua.

The duo finally made landfall at around midnight on Friday to be greeted by family and friends.

They were the first of the rowing pairs to complete the Atlantic challenge and at one point they were clocking up the fastest time, travelling at 2.9 knots.

The pair from the Pure Dental Care dentist’s surgery in Totnes, set out to raise £10,000 for the Rowcroft Hospice and they reached that target a fortnight ago.

Justin and Azud, set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands in December.

They spentg Christmas and the New Year at sea in their 23 foot long ocean rowing boat. They battled against huge seas and dodged a couple of supertankers as part of the massive rowing challenge.

They also met up with a number of whales – and a few pesky flying fish – on their way.

As they finally rowed into the harbour at Antigua their Facebook site was lit up with congratulations and virtual pats on the back.

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