Two brothers hope to become the first in history to row the Atlantic on a strictly vegan diet, as they make a shark-infested journey in memory of their father who passed away from skin cancer.
Greg Bailey, 27, and Jude Massey, 18, from Lymington, Hampshire, will row 3,000 miles from Gran Canaria to Barbados.
Only 317 crews have ever successfully made the crossing on the world’s second-largest ocean, with 153 failing and six teams dying while attempting the trip.
And their journey, which could take up to three months, will be exclusively powered by freeze-dried meals of beans, legumes and nuts as the brothers are set to become the first trans-Atlantic rowers to ditch meat and dairy entirely.
Mr Massey, who is Dr Bailey’s half-brother, said: ‘When you tell people you’re rowing the Atlantic and you’re vegan, their instant reaction is shock. They’ll ask how I am able to sustain myself, how I’m getting enough calories and most of all, how I get enough protein.’
Dr Bailey added: ‘People keep asking about protein. But we are getting all the food you’d expect on a normal crossing and transforming it into a special vegan diet.’