Two to tackle the Atlantic

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DEC. 7 — Two British men are planning to row across the Atlantic in less than 40 days to help raise money for cancer research.

The pair, working under the team Atlantic ’06, is set to push off Dec. 10 from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, according to information on their Web site. The men — Ed Baylis and Stu Turnbull, both 25 — hope to reach Antigua in January and break the record of 40 days, 5 hours, 53 minutes, set in 2003 by a pair of New Zealand rowers.

The 24-foot plywood boat the men will be rowing, named Memory of Zayed, was named after Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the late president of the United Arab Emirates, the site says. His son, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Deputy Prime Minister, is the main sponsor of the expedition.

By making the passage, Baylis and Turnbull are also hoping to raise about $400,000 for Cancer Research UK, the Web site says.

Jason Fell