P&O Cruises is to treat Ocean Brothers Greg Bailey and Jude Massey, who rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, to a return cruise home on board its 141,000 gross tonne flagship Britannia.
Jude age 19 and Greg age 28, set off on their challenge from Gran Canaria on 18 January 2018 to fundraise for the British Skin Foundation in memory of their late father and stepfather who they lost to skin cancer two years ago.
The brothers took turns to row the boat, measuring 7.3 metres by 1.75 metres, rowing day and nights on two-hour shifts, while also hand pumping water five hours every day to keep hydrated.
Greg and Jude crossed the finish line in Barbados on 11 March where they were met by their mother, Alexandra Massey and other relatives and friends.
The crossing was not easy and the brothers suffered a succession of equipment failures, including broken auto helm GPS self-steering equipment, and the boat capsizing in rough seas. Greg also suffered a rotator cuff injury.
Only 317 crews have successful rowed across the Atlantic. In comparison 536 individuals have gone into space or more than 5,500 have climbed Mt Everest.
Greg and Jude were invited on board P&O Cruises Britannia to meet Captain Paul Brown on 16 March 2018. The brothers’ boat was craned on board Britannia. The two-week cruise will arrive into Southampton on 30 March.
During their time on board Britannia, they will host various fundraising events and a Q&A session with passengers.
Greg and Jude are aiming to raise £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation. To date they have raised over £86,000. To donate please visit their JustGiving page or text TBSF70 to 70070 followed by £1 - £10.