Bella Collins has watched on with envy as her family have claimed world records on sea over the years, but now the Fulham woman is looking to join the club.

She will be part of a four-woman team which will set off in December this year in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The route is considered one of the toughest challenges in the world and the women are hoping to complete their mammoth voyage in under 48 days. If they do, they will become the world’s fastest four to row the Atlantic.

If successful, she would be the latest record-breaker in the family. Her uncle Charlie Pitcher set the world record for fastest crossing of the Atlantic in a rowing boat in 2013, and brother Angus was part of the youngest four-man crossing on the Indian Ocean.

She will row with nurse Lauren Morton, who is currently appearing in Channel 4’s The Island with Bear Grylls, and two other women from Putney.

The 22-year-old, who works lives in Rostrevor Road and works for Fulham-based firm Scott Dunn, said: “I feel it’s time a girl joined the club in the family.”

Her task will be made all the harder as she is a novice at the sport.

She said: “I tried to row for the first time three weeks ago and went backwards instead of forwards.

“The other three girls are rowers, but I am a sailor and I have more knowledge of the seas than they do.”

She went on: “I’m scared and excited. I think it would be naïve not to be scared. But I’m excited about experiencing everything out there and the big unknown.”

Her record-breaking brother is also taking part in the same race and Bella says she has received plenty of support and advice from her family.

TV survival expert Bear Grylls is also supported the team. He said: “Row Like a Girl are gutsy, committed and brave – these girls are inspirations.”

Their chosen charity is Plan UK’s Because I Am A Girl campaign, which aims to help millions of the world’s poorest girls get an education, live free from violence and fulfil their potential. They aim to raise £50,000 for the cause.

Row Like a Girl depart for English Harbour in Antigua from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 15.

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