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Atlantic Rowing Challenge completed

Friend brothers at the finish line with flaresLast month, Euan Friend (2017, MEarthSci Geology/Earth Sciences) completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge alongside his brothers Jack, Hamish, and Arthur, finishing in third place.

In just 32 days, the two sets of twins, Hamish and Jack (26 years old) and Arthur and Euan (24 years old), rowed 3000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. So far, they have raised £102,000 for three charitable causes: Drive Forward, CHAT and Kiwoko Hospital.

Drive Forward focuses on aiding young care leavers. The Friend brothers are training to be mentors for the charity, which offers guidance, personal development, and training as well as counselling and mentoring. CHAT helps those struggling with housing issues, food poverty, and financial problems in Mid Devon, where the Friend brothers grew up. Kiwoko Hospital treats the poorest communities in the Luwero region of central Uganda.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Rowing Challenge is the world’s hardest rowing challenge, with rowers going from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. Up to 30 teams participate from across the world in the race.

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Published: 14 February 2023

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