ROWING: ROOKIE rowers Phil Carrington and Jason Mckinlay are on the last leg of their incredible journey across the Atlantic in a tiny rowing boat.
The fearless friends, from Runcorn, have again been cracking open the bubbly as they celebrate a significant landmark in the crossing from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean.
At 6.53pm GMT on Monday, their boat Pura Vida passed the marker which means they had less than 1,000 miles to go.
Phil's girlfriend Vanessa Morson told the Weekly News: 'Their spirits are high and they celebrated with champagne. Winds have picked up but shouldn't pose a threat. So long as the hurricances stay at bay.
'Keep your fingers crossed, prayers and good vibes going their way.'
The former Norton Priory Comprehensive School pals - Phil is from Halton Village and Jason from Norton - have been at sea since October 19 and remain on schedule to arrive in Barbados on December 3. They are raising money for MacMillan Cancer Relief.
Vanessa added: 'They have confirmed growth of Grizzly Adams beards. On behalf of the boys, I want to thank all who have sent words of encouragement via text. You have no idea how your words keep them going. For those who haven't, you can still text them through the site www.sport4charity.org.'