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The Atlantic Polo team complete Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from La Gomera to Antigua

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 22, 2014

  • The Atlantic Polo team completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua, in 48 days and seven minutes

  • The Atlantic Polo team completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua, in 48 days and seven minutes

  • The Atlantic Polo team completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua, in 48 days and seven minutes

  • The Atlantic Polo team completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua, in 48 days and seven minutes

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Four friends have conquered sleep deprivation and gruelling conditions to come second in the world's toughest rowing race, despite having barely any experience in the sport.

The Atlantic Polo team completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua, in 48 days and seven minutes, winning the fours class and finishing second overall, ahead of 11 other teams.

The team – comprising England polo players Henry Brett, James Glasson and Bobby Dundas, 10th Viscount Melville, from Luckington in Wiltshire, and amateur polo player Fergus Scholes, from Blandford in Dorset – crossed the finishing line in Antigua yesterday afternoon.

Atlantic Polo were the only team not to capsize at sea during the challenge, while three crews had to withdraw from the competition.

Mr Glasson said: "We are amateurs and at times it showed.

"On day three we realised we were going in completely the wrong direction, and on day five a huge storm hit.

"But it was a great experience. Every crew member was so positive, we really wanted to get this challenge done. I think we're just ready for a beer and burger and a party now."

The first crew across the finishing line, a British duo making up team Locura, came in last Tuesday.

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