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Students in youngest rowing record bid

Jack Galsworthy and Freddie Wright Image copyright Atlantic Castaways
Image caption Jack Galsworthy and Freddie Wright caught and ate tuna for their Christmas dinner

Two university students have begun their bid to become the youngest pair ever to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Jack Galsworthy, from Cornwall, and Freddie Wright, from Gloucestershire, both 21, are one week into their 3,000 mile challenge and their "morale is high" after initial seasickness.

The pair are aiming to raise £150,000 for the Brain Research Trust.

They caught and ate tuna which they had as sushi for Christmas dinner, their team said.

They will be rowing two hours on and two hours off for three months in the race from La Gomera to Antigua, as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

Image copyright Atlantic Castaways
Image caption The duo will become the youngest to row the Atlantic if they complete the 3,000 mile challenge

Two days from the nearest support team, they risk facing 40ft waves, sharks, howling winds, blisters, salt-rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation.

The Atlantic Castaways team spokeswoman Alexandra Durnford, said they were suffering badly from sea sickness at first but have now recovered and "morale is high".

"They tried their luck at a bit of fishing and managed to catch a very small tuna and had sushi I would imagine as there are no cooking supplies on board, so they did have a very special Christmas lunch, just an unusual one," she said.

The duo are expected to lose at least 15% of their body weight during the challenge, which they hope to complete in 90 days time.

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