Two to row 3,000 miles to Antigua

Two men are attempting to row to Antigua across the Atlantic Ocean, the Antigua Observer reports.

Oxford, UK resident Lloyd Figgins has flown to Morocco for the start of a 3,000 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic. Figgins and his friend David Whiddon aim to row from Morocco to Antigua to raise awareness and funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). They hope to complete the trip in 60 to 90 days by continuously rowing in two-hour shifts.

The men will be spending Christmas Day 750 miles (1,207km) off the African coast.

Figgins said: “We’ve got food for a 100 days, if it goes beyond that we’re on the fishing line.”

The pair hopes to raise £24,000 for the RNLI, which is the cost of training one station’s lifeboat crew.

Figgins works at the Oxford-based charity Earthwatch, which arranges trips and holidays for members of the public who want to help with scientific studies. During the crossing he will be monitoring sightings of marine life and feeding the information back to research organisations. People can follow the attempt over the next few months on the rower’s website

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) is a charity that saves lives at sea around the coasts of Great Britain, Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, as well as on selected inland waterways. Funded by charitable donations, the lifeboat crews and lifeguards of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution have saved over 139,000 lives at sea.

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