A 72-year-old British man has claimed a double world file after changing into the oldest particular person to row solo throughout the Atlantic Ocean.
Graham Walters, from Leicester, England, arrived in Antigua on Wednesday, three months after departing from Gran Canaria island in Spain in a plywood boat he inbuilt his entrance yard.
Walters can also be the oldest particular person to row throughout an ocean greater than as soon as. The gruelling 3,000-mile (5,000 km) problem was his fifth Atlantic crossing — and his final, he says.
“This journey actually is in regards to the boat which I constructed 22 years in the past. That boat has been with me 3 times throughout the Atlantic earlier than this, so it’s getting previous, like me. I believed, ‘why not be the oldest particular person to row the Atlantic with an previous boat?’“ he mentioned.
Escorted in by native Coast Guard boats to the sound of blaring horns in honor of his achievement, Walters stumbled as he took his first shaky steps on land after greater than 90 days at sea.
And regardless of being eager to be reunited with spouse Jean, whom he had married only a month earlier than his departure, Walters should stay in Antigua till journey restrictions are lifted. All business flights out and in of the Caribbean island have been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Walters visited a health club every day to get match for the journey. He rowed a punishing two hours on, two hours off every day.
After three months of surviving on boil-in-the-bag meals — plus a stash of chocolate he took with him as treats — Walters mentioned he couldn’t wait to tuck into an English staple, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, with a glass of crimson wine.
Walters’ feat has raised greater than $3,000 for Assist for Heroes, which assists British servicemen and girls wounded within the line of obligation.
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