Wiltshire rowers reach the end of epic rowing race

This Is Wiltshire: James Glasson, second right, with, from left Bobby Melville, of Luckington, Henry Brett and Fergus Scholes, before the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge James Glasson, second right, with, from left Bobby Melville, of Luckington, Henry Brett and Fergus Scholes, before the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

A team of polo players, including two from Wiltshire, reached the end of the world’s toughest rowing race today after weeks of battling the elements.

The Atlantic Polo Team was the second team to reach land in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, but the first four-man crew, in the 3,000-nautical-mile race from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

Bratton man James Glasson took on the challenge with Bobby Melville, from Luckington, and fellow polo players Henry Brett and Fergus Scholes, with the quartet up against 19 teams from around the world.

Mr Glasson, who was born in Trowbridge and grew up in Bratton, described the elements as being like ‘hell’ when the team were nearing the halfway mark at the end of December.

During the charity endurance race, no outside support was allowed and no extra supplies such as food and water were given to the teams.

Mr Melville, who previously studied at Marlborough College, captained the team. They started the challenge on December 4 and ended up taking 48 days to finish.

The team aims to raise more than £100,000 for The Brooke, Right To Play and Hilton in the Community Foundation through the challenge. To donate, log on to www.atlanticpoloteam.com

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