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Round-Britain rowing race starts at Tower Bridge

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Six crews competing for a £100,000 prize set off from Tower Bridge on Saturday morning to try to beat the record for rowing non-stop round Great Britain.

The Gloriana leads the competing boats to their start positions alongside HMS Belfast
Round-Britain rowing race starts at Tower Bridge
Josh Taylor and Alan Morgan from Mersea Island, Essex, are joined by James Plumley from Guernsey and Gavin Sheehan from Cork
Round-Britain rowing race starts at Tower Bridge
Beautician Charlene Ayres, 23, from Cardiff and adventurer Sally Kettle, from Kingston, in their boat Pendovey Swift
Round-Britain rowing race starts at Tower Bridge
Adventurer Jason McKinlay and sound recordist Josh Tarr from Salcombe, Devon

Just after 8.15am the royal rowbarge Gloriana led the six competing boats under Tower Bridge to officially start the epic race.

Family and friends of the crews lined Tower Bridge to wave the crews off.

The six crews will row 2,000 miles non-stop and unassisted around the coast of mainland Britain.

The current record stands at 26 days, 21 hours and 14 minutes The first boat to break that record will win a 100,000 bounty.

• Follow the teams' progress at

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