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Forces Veterans Complete Atlantic Team Rowing Challenge

The four rowers set off on their journey in December, looking to row the 3,500 nautical miles from Lagos, Portugal to Cayenne, French Guiana...

A former Royal Marine and ex-Royal Engineer are among a team of rowers that have completed a charity bid to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Chris Shirley and Duncan Roy were members of 'Rowing for Rubicon' - a crew raising funds for disaster response charity Team Rubicon UK.

In the process, they believe they have broken a world record, which is awaiting confirmation. Chris said:

"As far as we know we are the first team to have rowed from Africa to South America."

When he spoke to Forces Network prior to departing on the challenge, Chris said the team was aiming to complete the journey in 45 days - three days quicker than the world record.

Chris Shirley (left) and Duncan Roy (right) spoke to Forces News just hours after finishing the 3,500 mile row.

They completed the trip in 66 days, with 54 days in the water.

Duncan only left the Army earlier this month, and said:

"I hadn't prepared at all for how many things were going to go wrong.

"It was the unknown of it all...the uncertainty of it all, especially being in the military where everything is 'we will do this, at this time'."

The pair say they had to get used to the technical issues that came up during there journey. Chris said:

"It almost felt like the boat didn't want us to get the record... It just felt like it was cursed from the start at times! [laughs]"

Speaking as they landed in French Guiana early Friday morning, Chris said:

"We're on land - the first time in a month we've actually set foot on solid land.

"It feels amazing!"

"[We're] the first team to ever row from Africa to South America."

The team of four rowers set off on their journey in December, looking to row the 3,500 nautical miles from Lagos, Portugal to Cayenne, French Guiana.

Prior to setting off in their 8.5-metre long boat, they were looking to set two world records.

Picture: Twitter/@ChrisiShirley

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