Three 'ordinary' women face 3,000-mile Atlantic rowing challenge

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  • Millie Frith and Laura-Jayne Pattinson, both 26, and Frankie Tuck, 31, are about to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean
  • The ‘Atlantic Girls will row non-stop day and night for ‘however long it takes’
  • Joined in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge by a team of two sets of twins

They describe themselves as three ‘ordinary women working ordinary full-time jobs’.

But outside of the 9-5, these three rowers are nothing less than extraordinary.

Office manager Millie Frith, vet Laura-Jayne Pattinson, both 26, and finance manager Frankie Tuck, 31, are about to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in a 28ft boat, braving monster waves, sleep deprivation, seasickness, blisters and salt sores.

Rowing non-stop day and night in shifts for seven days a week, it will take them an estimated 1.5million oar strokes to complete the epic crossing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.

Office manager Millie Frith (centre), vet Laura-Jayne Pattinson (left), both 26, and finance manager Frankie Tuck (right), 31, are about to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in a 28ft boat

Rowing non-stop day and night in shifts for seven days a week, it will take them an estimated 1.5million oar strokes to complete the epic crossing from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean

They predict they’ll complete it in 35 to 45 days – but are determined to reach the finishing line ‘however long it takes’. 

If they manage it, the ‘Atlantic Girls’ will join an elite handful of all-female crews who have successfully undertaken the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an annual rowing race starting today.

Also joining them in the race are two sets of twins who are all brothers. The Friend brothers, born 18 months apart, are aiming to become the first four brothers and first sets of twins to row an ocean.

Also joining them in the race are two sets of twins who are all brothers, Jack, Hamish, Arthur and Euan Friend (pictured)

Jack and Hamish Friend, 26, and Arthur and Euan, 24, said growing up in rural Devon meant adventure had ‘come naturally’ to them. 

The Atlantic Girls will eat rehydrated ‘space food’ carried on the boat, and use a bucket as a toilet. 

Miss Frith, from south London, said: ‘We want to inspire others, especially women and young people, to get out and find that thing that makes your heart beat faster.’

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