A SALISBURY woman is going to the Atlantic Ocean next year.

Amy Wood, 25, is taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020, and rowing 3,000 miles in two months.

In this challenge, competitors row for two hours and sleep for two hours constantly, for 24 hours a day, until they complete the journey.

In 2018, finishing times ranged from 34 days to 76 days.

Amy, who previously competed for the England Karate Squad, said: "Moving from Karate to rowing was a fairly natural move for me."

"I moved to a school in Loughborough meaning I wasn’t able to keep training at a level I needed to compete.

"I picked up rowing and never looked back.

"Rowing the Atlantic Ocean is the ultimate rowing challenge. I’ve taken part in several crazy rowing races over Europe but nothing comes close to the 3,000 miles between La Gomera and Antigua.

"It’s an extremely difficult race that is going to push us to the absolute edge, both physically and mentally – bring it on!"

Amy will be doing the challenge with friends Mark Sealey and Julie Paillin.

The team, who are calling themselves The Transatlantic Trio, will also be attempting to become the first mixed trio to cross the Atlantic.

"My biggest fear is our boat capsizing", Ami says.

"We’ll be facing up to 40 feet high waves so capsizing is a real possibility.”

As part of the challenge the Transatlantic Trio will be raising money for the Blood Bikes charities across the UK with an aim of helping them buy new vehicles and train volunteer riders and support call handlers.

Amy explains why the group chose this charity:

“Blood Bikes provide an out of hours, emergency service to the NHS. They deliver lifesaving matter from blood and platelets to breast milk for new born babies.

“We need your help to reach our fundraising target of £250,000 for Blood Bikes to carry on their amazing work saving our neighbours, friends and family – you never know when you’ll need a Blood Biker!”

To sponsor the team go to thetransatlantictrio.com or gofundme.com/the-transatlantic-trio.