Army

British Army soldiers set new world record after rowing Atlantic

The team has become the fastest mixed fours rowing team to cross the Atlantic in history.

Two more military teams of rowers completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge over the weekend – with one breaking a world record in the process.

Team Salty Sappers, made up of Royal Engineers personnel, finished the 3,000-mile race in 39 days, placing ninth overall.

While Force Atlantic, four soldiers from the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, became the fastest mixed team to row across the Atlantic in history, completing the gruelling challenge in 40 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes.

The race is considered the world's toughest row and puts the competitors to the test, both mentally and physically.

The Salty Sappers was made up of Royal Engineers personnel who battled 20ft waves, dehydration and wildlife to finish in ninth place overall and sixth in their class.

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Salty Sappers celebrate at the end of the challenge (Picture: Atlantic Campaigns).

The third military team to take part was Atlantic Flyers, made up of four RAF pilots, who arrived home in second place.

More than 30 teams from around the world took part in the race which began on 14 December. The overall winner was UK team Fortitude IV.

The teams took on the ultimate challenge, rowing unsupported through the day and night, to make the journey from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua.