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Gavan Hennigan completes 5000km solo row across the Atlantic Ocean

He came third and broke Irish records.

Hennigan raises the tricolour as he promised he would.
Hennigan raises the tricolour as he promised he would.
Image: BEN DUFFY

HE GOT THERE.  After 49 days alone on the Atlantic, Irishman Gavin Hennigan made history overnight by completing his 5,000km journey.

The 35-year-old reached Antigua to finish the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in third place.

“I’m so proud to have done this,” he said afterwards. “Not many Irish have attempted a solo row across the Atlantic and I feel I’ve done it in style. I had so many messages of support. I’d get up some days… and I’d be struggling but when I read the positivity in those notes and comments… from complete strangers… that would motivate me to get back on the oars and do it for them. To do it for Ireland.

“The last seven days have been relentless. At times, I’ve rowed up to 19 hours a day and yesterday when I woke up, I decided it was time to finish this. I’ve rowed for the past 14 hours straight. I gave that my all.

legendgav Source: Ben Duffy

“This has been a life-changing experience. I’ve experienced the beauty of the Atlantic sunsets and sunrises, the thrill of open ocean row boat surfing, the despair of driving headwinds and the joy of arriving back on land today. For the past 49 days I’ve had one single goal. To live life. I’ve embraced every minute and I’m so happy to be here finally.I’d like to thank Talisker and Atlantic campaigns for giving me the opportunity to make this journey. I’ll never forget it.”

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