Former Giggleswick School pupils Alex Macdonald and Luke Grose have been delayed for the third time in their attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

The two men are taking part in the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race, but their departure from the island of La Gomera, near Tenerife, has suffered several setbacks.

Team JCT600 was originally due to leave on Sunday December 6, but a problem with the shipping of essential safety equipment to the island meant the race could not begin.

A new date of Wednesday December 9 was set, but strong winds forced a second postponement.

Continuing bad weather this week has forced a third delay and the organisers have said the race will not now start until after Christmas.

Luke said: “It’s been a bit of a waiting game, but it’s given us the opportunity to go over a final few bits and bobs on the boat and just re-check a few things.”

Supporters can catch up with the two men’s progress at