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OVER the years, Portpatrick has seen more than its fair share of madcap maritime adventurers. There have been swimmers attempting to conquer the bitter North Channel, replica Viking boats, TV presenters in cars and no end of yacht skippers whose dreams of outdoing Nelson drifted when they encountered the tricky harbour entrance in an unfavourable breeze... The latest were a pair of rowers battling around the entire UK. One was Duncan Roy, a Royal Engineer until a career-ending injury, who discovered rowing through his rehabilitation programme. Indoor rowing led to river rowing and Duncan ended up rowing the Atlantic twice. The other was Gus Barton, whose rugby career was cut short by injury too. In 2015 as part of Team Ocean Reunion, Gus won the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge breaking the then race record of 37 days. The air were in the Port en route for the Mull of Kintyre as they head clockwise around Britain. hey are rising cash for NHS charities Together and Sport in Mind. You can follow them via @ocean_ready_

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