Veterans Prepare For World Record Rowing Challenge

The 'Grandads of the Atlantic' are hoping to break a world record by rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic...

Two veterans dubbed the 'Grandads of the Atlantic' are hoping to break a world record by rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  

Hampshire-based former Paratroopers Neil Young and Peter Ketley will have a combined age of 123 when they set off in December.

If they are successful, they will be the oldest pair to complete the challenge.

The duo are expected to set sail from La Gomera, Canary Island, on 12 December, where they will row 4,800 kilometres to Antigua, Caribbean.

Mr Young said: "We think we've prepared pretty well - it's quite nice that the last training session has come round at last.

"We're looking forward to getting out to La Gomera and getting across the start line. 

"We've talked about it for long enough now."

Atlantic Granddads

Before they set their sights on the challenge, neither of the two had ever rowed before.

Mr Ketley says they're "ready for it": "It's 75 days roughly before we actually start, it's been a long year but it's gone really fast.

"We feel we're as prepared as we can be - and we're ready for it".

The pair served with each other as Paras in the Army have been preparing for the event since April.

Atlantic Granddads
One of their toughest challenges so far has been working in the confined space of the boat.

Whilst in the Atlantic, there are a few other issues that could come their way - but after 40 years out of service, they say they're using their military skills to get them through it.

They're hoping to raise £250,000 for three charities close to them; Royal British Legion Industries, Dreams Come True and Support Our Paras.