Oar-some Greg all set to start his Atlantic trip

Rower Greg Symondson from Speen
Rower Greg Symondson from Speen

A YOUNG rower from Bucks is set to depart on a trans-Atlantic voyage in a 30 foot boat for charity.

Greg Symondson, 22, from Speen, is part of a four-man crew leaves for the Canary Islands today (Sunday).

He is joining Adam Wolley, 23, and twins Ross and Hugo Turner, 23, as they try and raise £250,000 for Spinal Research.

They hope to arrive in Barbados in February 2012.

The four crew members met at Loughborough University and have been working on the project for more than a year.

Greg began rowing aged 13 at Marlow Rowing Club.

The four flew to the Canaries Islands on November 16 and will have spent a total of 17 days making final preparations.

The ordeal will see them spend around 50 days in a boat.

Spinal Research was chosen because Hugo had a lucky recovery after breaking a vertebrae in his back five years ago. He was in bed for six weeks and only recovered after undergoing a very serious operation.

Greg said: “We have to be prepared to face waves of up to 30 feet, along with the risk of a collision with one of the many other vessels occupying the Atlantic. This is why our navigation training was such an essential part of our training.”

With a combined age of 91, the crew are set to break two world records, one for the youngest four-man crew to row across the Atlantic and the other for the first twins to complete the trip.

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