TWO Hampshire brothers who rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic are set to open one of the south’s top sailing events.

Jude Massey and his half-brother, Greg Bailey, raised £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation by completing a gruelling 53-day voyage from Gran Canaria to Barbados earlier this year.

Known as the Ocean Brothers they were given a hero’s welcome after returning to the UK aboard the P&O cruise ship Britannia.

The Lymington-based duo rowed across the Atlantic in memory of Peter Massey – Jude’s father and Greg’s stepfather – who died of skin cancer in 2015 after battling the disease for 16 years.

Greg and Jude crossed the Atlantic in a tiny 20ft boat named after him.

The two men will be back in the spotlight today when they open the fourth annual Poole Harbour Boat Show, which runs until Sunday.

Jude, 19, is the youngest person to have rowed across an ocean as part of a two-man team. He and Greg are also believed to be the first vegans to accomplish the feat.

They said: “We were in the middle of the Atlantic when we were asked to open this year’s Poole Harbour Boat Show.

“It was a great boost to our morale and we were delighted to accept. We’re looking forward to visiting the show.”