CHARLESTON, S.C. (CBS4) – A group of veterans from Colorado made it to Charleston, South Carolina as Hurricane Michael churns across the Florida panhandle and into neighboring states. The four veterans set out on a journey to sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

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CBS4 featured the Colorado nonprofit in September before their training started. On Wednesday, the group says they and their 28-foot-long boat “Woobie” made the 14-hour drive safely from Mobile, Alabama to Charleston.

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“Woobie” housed in South Carolina. (credit: Jason Evans)

The boat leaves Thursday for Savannah where it will be shipped across the ocean for the start of the 3,000 nautical-mile race.

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The group, known as Fight Oar Die, is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in an effort to raise awareness for mental health challenges.

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The journey begins Dec. 12 in Spain’s Canary Islands, and they’re planning to row all the way to Antigua and Barbuda in the Caribbean.