Two rowers from Devon will be part of six crews of brave men and women in rowing boats plus a team in a pedalo to race 2,000 miles from London around the British mainland and back to Tower Bridge to try to set a new world record.
They are competing in the world’s toughest rowing race, a 2,000 mile non-stop jaunt around Britain’s coast.
Jason McKinklay, who lives in Salcombe, Devon with wife Sarah and their children is convinced that a pair of rowers is the way to beat the record because of the crew dynamics.
Jason is an adventurer who has rowed the Atlantic. He has run no fewer than 55 marathons, including a marathon on Everest and the gruelling Marathon of the Sands in the Sahara desert. And after rowing around Britain, he hopes to complete the Bob Graham round, covering in the Lake District in 24 hours.
Also taking part is Josh Tarr, from Churchstow, near Salcombe, Devon. He works as a sound recordist and lives with partner Helen.
Growing up near Salcombe, Josh Tarr is an avid surfer and accomplished sailor. He has also tried his hand at lots outdoor pursuits like kayaking and mountaineering. Last year he cycled alone and unassisted from Lands End to John O’Groats to raise money for charity.
Crews include a four man team led by a Falklands veteran, father of a London Olympic gold winner; two women; a pair of men; four hunky young male rowers; a team of two women and two men, and team of six that includes two women and four men.
And there’s a team hoping to become the first ever to pedalo around Britain.
The first crew to beat the fastest-time record of 26 days, 21 hrs, 14 mins, will win a £100,000 bonus – making this the world’s biggest rowing prize
You can follow the race online and at www.gbrowchallenge.com