THE ARGUS is backing two brothers who are preparing for a double world record bid.

The Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge will see Nick McCorry, 30, of Mayo Lane, Bexhill, and Phil, 29, of Godfrey Close, Lewes, attempt to become the first people to hold world rowing records for two oceans simultaneously.

The Argus logo joins the names of more than 150 businesses and individuals inscribed on the side of their boat who have already given their support.

As part of a crew of four they won the first ever Indian Ocean race in 2009, setting a world record for a four person boat with 68 days.

In November they will row across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Barbados in an attempt to beat the current record of 41 days for a pair.

About 150 people were at the launch of the Gaby Hardwicke Atlantic Challenge at the Sovereign Harbour, Eastbourne.

It was the first time their boat, The Bexhill College Endeavour, had been in the water.

Phil said: “It was a great feeling to have a row, albeit only a short one. It’s a lot faster boat than last time and I can’t wait to get started.”

Nick added: “We are overwhelmed by the support from everyone which acts as a great motivator.”

Their route will be 2,931 miles in a straight line but depending on wind and currents they may have to row up to 3,200 miles.

The event is also raising funds for St Mary’s Special Needs School, Bexhill, which helps children across Sussex.

Geoff Dixon, shoreside manager, said: “We are still looking for small sponsors. The money from individual names on the boat goes to St Mary’s.

“We welcome the involvement of The Argus and are really grateful for their coverage. It also gives awareness to St Mary’s and the good work that they do.”

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