A Swindon couple start their non-stop 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic today.

Edward Raymont and Victoria Micó Egea are joined by father and daughter Roger and Brittany Staniforth in the Talisker Whisky Challenge 2020, which leaves La Gomera in the Canary Islands.

The team, Generation Gap, will chalk up two firsts for the race, which draws participants from across the world.

Its crew includes the first ever Spanish woman, and first father and daughter duo to take on the challenge.

Skipper Edward Raymont, says: “It has definitely been a difficult few months as we have had to adjust to the new normal.

“Social distancing measures made rowing together in a small boat completely impossible, so we focused our training on building strength and stamina, doing virtual home workouts together whenever we could.”

Victoria Micó Egea, the first Spanish woman to row the Atlantic, added: “The coronavirus pandemic has truly emphasised the social inequalities faced by many, and we’re prouder than ever to be supporting charities that have proven invaluable to countless people during lockdown.”

The crew is aiming to arrive at the finish line in Antigua in a target of 42 days, when they also hope to have hit their epic £100,000 fundraising target that will be shared between their chosen charities: Mind, The Royal Marines Charity, Rural Assistance Nepal and Women’s Aid.

To donate visit atlanticgenerationgap.com