Atlantic charity rowers finish top of the pairs

Atlantic charity rowers finish top of the pairs

Will North (left) and Dan Howie (right) finished top of the pairs and fourth overall when they arrived at Antigua on board Blue Steel

Dan Howie (left) and Will North (right) finished in 53 days, 9 hours and 30 minutes

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THEY’VE arrived at long last.

The man from Winchester and his companion have finally rowed across the finish line, top of the pairs, after spending over 50 days rowing across the Atlantic for charity.

Will North and his university chum, Dan Howie, arrived safely in Antigua, coming in fourth overall, after leaving La Gomera in the Canaries over two months ago.

The Atlantic Row 2013 pair came in at 10.30pm last night when they finally docked at English Harbour after completing the 3,000 mile course in 53 days 9 hours and 30 minutes.

Will said: “We are ecstatic to have won our class in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Nothing could have prepared us for the treacherous conditions at sea and it feels phenomenal to have overcome the challenges and won our class.”

“Thank you to all who have supported us along the way,” said Dan Howie.

Will, 28, and Dan, 29, have endured some of the worst North Atlantic weather systems in 100 years. They’ve capsized twice, rowed amongst 40ft waves, have battled with sleep deprivation and been hit in the face by flying fish. Life on board has been an endless challenge with injuries and sores, a blisteringly hot cabin, no autohelm and the need to hand pump fresh water every day and all of it has been done to raise £200,000 for charity.

The duo, who live in south-west London, have so far raised £78,000 for Cancer Research, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and St Anna’s.

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