Preparation for a 3000-mile Atlantic crossing in December has been met with a series of unfortunate hurdles.

As part of the build-up training, former British Army Engineer Duncan Roy, attempted a trial run from mainland Europe to South America. But the 48 day ocean journey was delayed due to several technical issues. 

Adverse weather conditions, a lack of power and a faulty water pump meant the world record expedition took more than 60 days to complete.

However, a detour to the canary Islands and a chance encounter got the rower back on the water. The ex-Sapper said:

"We had to stop twice. We pulled into Lanzarote at 7am on Christmas Day.

"We got new batteries and the rudder fixed by one of the top ten carbon fibre specialists. We carried on. We had more technical issues further south. So we had to pull in there [Cape Verde]. That's where we were going to get extra solar panels."

Row4Victory Duncan Roy

Despite the hiccups along the way, the Row 4 Victory team member feels richer for the experience. He now has a better understanding of the mental and physical demands of the endeavor & the social dynamics out at sea.

Roy added: "I've got a lot to bring into the team. We have a very strong team having the tri-service representation. We've got what it takes to win. It's really exciting. We just want people to get behind it."

To honour the work of the Royal British Legion over the last 100 years, four fearless friends will row the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge from the canary Islands to the West Indes later in the year. Working together an ex-Royal Marine, Royal Engineer, Airman and civilian will row in shifts around the clock across the unrelenting seas. 

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