A COLNE Valley soldier has had to drop out of an epic ocean crossing.
Mark Stannard, 37, from Slaithwaite, was due to row the Atlantic with three colleagues from the Duke of Wellington's Regiment.
But Regimental Quartermaster Mark has had to drop out of the 3,100-mile voyage for career reasons.
His place has been taken by Andy Unwin, from Sowerby Bridge.
Lance Cpl Unwin will now be taking part in the Shepherd Ocean Fours Transatlantic Challenge in June, rowing the Yorkshire Warrior boat.
He said: "I was interested as soon as it was announced that the boat was to compete in the race from New York to Falmouth.
"But I was away on a physical training instructor course and thought I had missed my chance.
"So, when a place became available after all I was over the moon and really looking forward to the challenge."
The Yorkshire Warrior will be racing against 14 other boats and
the race is expected to take anything from 45 to 60 days.
The team will be raising money for the Army Benevolent Fund which gives cash and advice to soldiers, former soldiers and their families in times of need.
For more information or to make a donation visit www.yorkshirewarrior. co.uk