A PUPIL at the Oratory School in Woodcote is set to become the youngest person to row the Atlantic.
Eoin Hartwright, 16, will be part of a four-man crew making the 3,000-mile trip from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
The crew will set off on December 2 and should finish before he turns 17 on January 17 next year.
Eoin, who took up rowing at school, said: “I didn’t specifically want to do a rowing challenge but I had always wanted to undertake something big — something that would stand out a bit.
“I’ve never been the academic type at all, so I wanted to do something I knew I would be able to complete.”
Last year he registered with the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which is organising the row, and was matched up with three team-mates, aged 28, 29 and 37, from around the UK.
The crew, who have called themselves Oarsome Adventures, hope to raise £500,000 for Children In Need and forces charity Healing The Wounds.
They are now training at various venues including Eton Dorney lake. Eoin, who lives near Abingdon, trains several times a week.
He said: “It’s quite a daunting challenge.”