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The Oar-some Four

PUBLISHED: 09:49 09 December 2011 | UPDATED: 20:25 20 February 2013

Adam Wolley, Greg Symondson, Ross and Hugh Turner

Adam Wolley, Greg Symondson, Ross and Hugh Turner

Devon twins Hugo and Ross are two of a four man crew getting set to row the Atlantic this winter, raising money for a very personal cause

Devon twins Hugo and Ross are two of a four man crew getting set to row the Atlantic this winter, raising money for a very personal cause



Starting their journey on 4 December, twins Hugo and Ross Turner from Dartmoor are hoping to set two world records as they join their university friends in the world renowned Atlantic Rowing Race, aiming to raise 150,000 for Spinal Research.
By taking part in the 3,000-mile trans-Atlantic crossing between the Canary Islands and Barbados, the Atlantic4 crew will set the world record for the youngest four-man crew and the first twins to row across any ocean in the world.
The inspiration to raise funds for Spinal Research came from crew-member Hugo Turner. At the age of 17, Hugos life changed forever when a freak accident at a beach in Rock, Cornwall caused his C7 vertebrae to be crushed. The severe damage to his spinal cord meant Hugo needed to undergo surgery for neck reconstruction.
After a long and painful recovery, Hugo was finally able to walk again. Six years on, at the age of 23, Hugo is now putting his injury behind him and joining his twin brother Ross, and two close friends, Greg Symondson and Adam Wolley, to embark on a potentially life threatening challenge to raise awareness and funds for Spinal Research.
My life was put on hold for two years. I was told that I would never be able to play sport again. By rowing the Atlantic I want to raise vital funds to research a cure for paralysis. I was so close to being paralysed, so this will be a very personal challenge for me.



Along the way the crew will pull approximately one million strokes and face powerful storms with waves of up to 30 feet



Since my injury, I have become passionate about supporting Spinal Research as they fund pioneering research for the effective treatment of spinal injury. Their work is invaluable to the 40,000 people in the UK who are affected by spinal injuries and to their families.
Rowing the Atlantic will be a personal milestone for me as this would see a void in my life filled.
Before they depart from the Canary Islands on 4 December, the Atlantic4 crew members will undergo extensive sea survival skills, remote first aid and navigation training before they can make the attempt. The crossing is unassisted which means the crew will have to be self-sufficient and carry all of the equipment and food that they will need for their journey.
Along the way the crew will pull approximately one million strokes, they will face cramped conditions, constant exposure to the elements, painful salt sores and blisters, powerful storms with waves of up to 30 feet, and the biggest threat of all collision with one of the many shipping vessels occupying the Atlantic. There is no room on board for home comforts, no bathroom facilities, limited cooking ability and a diet of high calorie expedition foods and snacks. They will drink desalinated water and sleep in a space smaller than a single bed.


The Atlantic 4 hope to complete the race in under 2 months, to arrive in Barbados in February 2012 after rowing a total of 2,935 miles.
For more information on the Atlantic4 and to keep up to date with their progress, please visit theatlantic4.com. You can also sponsor the crew online at www.justgiving.com/theatlantic4.



Meet the team:



Hugo Turner
DOB: 22/10/88
Home: Dartmoor, Devon
Sporting Hero: Martin Johnson
Luxury item: fishing rod
Miss the most: grass
Most inspiring film: Through Hell and
High Water
Looking forward to: fishing!



Ross Turner
DOB: 22/10/88
Home: Dartmoor, Devon
Sporting Hero: my Dad
Luxury item: fishing rod
Miss the most: my dog
Most inspiring film: The Heroes of Telemark
Looking forward to: keeping a diary and catching dinner



Greg Symondson
DOB: 11/08/89
Home: Speen, Buckinghamshire
Sporting hero: James Cracknell
Luxury item: sketchbook
Miss the most: home food, family, girlfriend and dog
Most inspiring film: Man on Wire
Looking forward to: flat days with dolphins in our wake!



Adam Wolley
DOB: 25/06/88
Home: Saxstead, Suffolk
Sporting hero: Jens Voigt
Luxury item: iPod with audio books
Miss the most: fresh food
Most inspiring film: Chasing Legends
Looking forward to: updating the blog for our followers


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