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Row, row, row your boat...

PUBLISHED: 14:03 12 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:20 03 March 2010

STAR CHALLENGER, a 24ft rowing boat, is getting ready to live up to its name and begin a 3,000-mile race from Tenerife to Barbados. The striking yellow and blue two-man rowing boat was launched on Saturday from Fox's Marina, Ipswich.

STAR CHALLENGER, a 24ft rowing boat, is getting ready to live up to its name and begin a 3,000-mile race from Tenerife to Barbados.

The striking yellow and blue two-man rowing boat was launched on Saturday from Fox's Marina, Ipswich.

It was built at the Pin Hill home of team leader Jonathan Gornall who admitted that he and his partner in the race Dominic Biggs had tread a long and challenging path.

"I am extremely excited about the race.

"It has been a very long road since we first got the boat kit, but building the boat has been part of the challenge.

"This is only half way and we have to sail across the Atlantic yet."

A fleet of more than 30 boats will take part in the race, which is organised by Sir Chay Blyth's The Challenge Business and is inspired by his 1965 crossing of the Atlantic.

The record so far for the race is 41 days.

Kenneth Crutchlow, a representative of the Ocean Row Society, highlighted the difficulty facing the men over the coming months.

"Not all crews will complete the race, last year four did not finished it, often comes down to factors such as trade winds."

"These guys are very well organised and organisation is the key to success in this race."

The race follows almost exactly the route taken by Christopher Columbus who started his voyage at Los Gigantes in Tenerife.

The Star Challenger's crew is also raising money for Orbis, a British based charity that operates a flying eye hospital and aims to eradicate unnecessary blindness in third world countries.

Woodbridge based Ian Chater is also entering the race and was there on Saturday to wish Jonathan and Dominic the very best of luck with their journey.

There are 38 crews taking part in this race, 21 of which are British

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