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Lymington's Ambrose brothers to row the Atlantic to raise £200,000 for conservation charity Tusk

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THREE brothers from Lymington are preparing to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to raise £200,000 for a conservation charity – and beat their dad’s record.

Louis (26), Felix (25) and Finn Ambrose (23) were inspired to take part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge as their father Hugo competed in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race in 2003.

Having completed the challenge in 59 days, the boys hope to beat their father’s record by finishing in 40.

The brothers launch their boat, Ambrosia, at Lymington
The brothers launch their boat, Ambrosia, at Lymington

They have dubbed themselves The Ambrose Buoys and will set off from the Canary Islands in December.

The boys grew up in Lymington and although now working and studying in London, they regularly return home and can often be spotted at the sea water baths, which their father manages.

They will set off across the second largest ocean in the world, unaccompanied from La Gomera and row day and night to Antigua.

Louis, who has been nominated skipper by his younger brothers, said: “We are three ambitious brothers who have always enjoyed challenging ourselves.

“The length of time that this is going to take makes it unique – it’s just as much psychological as it is physiological.”

Felix added: “Hearing stories about [our father’s] endeavour, witnessing first-hand the toll it took and experiencing the atmosphere at the finish line has done little to quell our curiosity.

Hugo Ambrose competed in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race in 2003
Hugo Ambrose competed in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race in 2003

“In fact, as children we were so confident that we would not only take on the challenge but also surpass our father’s time of 59 days, that we made a bet with him for £5.”

The event, dubbed the world’s toughest row, will see up to 30 teams competing from around the world.

Putting themselves at risk of starvation as they expend more calories than they consume, the brothers are expected to lose 20% of their body mass.

Explaining why they chose to raise money for conservation charity Tusk, Finn said: “The outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic has not only created a huge challenge for conservation, but has highlighted how connected we are to the natural world and illustrated just how delicate that web is.

“From the oceans we sail on, through the habitats that provide the air we breathe, to the estimated 10-million plant and animal species that share our planet, there has never been a more crucial time to fight for the protection of all life on earth.”

Tusk patron Bear Grylls said he had “huge admiration” for the Ambrose brothers.

Business sponsors can email info@ambrosebuoys.com

Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/fundraising /ambrose-buoys

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