TWO brothers from Poole are celebrating after overcoming a wave of adversity to complete an epic row across the Atlantic Ocean writing themselves into the record books.

Jay, 22, and Kiran Olenicz, 19, who together form team Oarsome Odyssey, landed in Barbados on January 30, after 48 days battling the elements.

The pair set off from Gran Canaria in mid-December and after tackling everything the open seas could throw at them they now hold the record for the youngest duo to ever row any ocean as well as the youngest brother's to do so.

Kiran said they were delighted to have completed their voyage.

"It was such an incredible experience," he said.

"I would say it was 80 per cent mental and 20 per cent physical as a challenge.It got seriously painful in several areas, but the mental side is so much harder because you just have to keep going.

"There were some really great moments along the way. We have been through hell together, but we had to get along and look at the bigger picture."

In total, the Atlantic crossing took the brothers 48 days, six hours and 31 minutes and was packed with challenges that needed to be overcome.

Just days into the row a vital piece of equipment, the water desalinator, broke and the crew had to pump it manually by hand with 200l of bottled water on the boat as an absolute last resort.

Throughout the trip they were subject to flying fish striking them in the face and Kiran was nearly sent overboard in early-January by a large wave.

Then coming into the final few days of the challenge they had to manually steer the boat into Barbados after their autohelm stopped functioning.

Kiran said to pass the time at points they did a spot of fishing using a toy rod they bought before setting off and this proved to be surprisingly successful in reeling in some of the ocean's tropical offerings.

The brothers have broken their fundraising target of £10,000 for Julia's House and Alzheimer's research charity BRACE.

"We've been blown away by the support we have received and the amount we have been able to raise for the two charities," Kiran added.

"It definitely makes the glory better having so many problems compared to having a smooth sail across.

"It really tested me and my brother, but we pulled together and got through it."