British female rowers break Atlantic records
Four British women have become the youngest and fastest all-female crew of four to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Gee Purdy, 23, Bella Collins, 23, Lauren Morton, 26, and Olivia Bolesworth, 27, completed the 3,000 nautical mile journey in 40 days.
They fought off a hurricane, 50ft (15m) waves and intense bouts of sea sickness to win a place in the record books.
They were also raising money for Plan UK's "Because I am a girl" campaign, a global womens' rights movement.
'Question your sanity'
No outside assistance is permitted, so they had to carry all the food and equipment they would need for the crossing.
They left the Canary island of La Gomera on 20 December and reached Antigua in the Caribbean on Friday.
Skipper Ms Morton said: "We're over the moon to make it here to Antigua, and to do it in record time really is the icing on the cake.
"This race challenges you so much, mentally and physically. We're exhausted but can't wait for the party to start in Antigua."
Ms Purdy said it had been an "extraordinary journey".
"There's no doubt that there were times where you question your sanity, sitting in the middle of the Atlantic… in a rowing boat, oars in and a massive storm tossing you around the ocean," she said.
"The feeling though of pure ecstasy to see the finishing line, to see our families and friends after 40 days, 3,000 miles made it all worth it."
In 2012 during the Talisker challenge, a crew of five women broke the record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by an all-female team - they took 45 days.