Not only is Gavan Hennigan the first extreme environment athlete to appear in the series, by trade, he is also a deep-sea saturation diver and holds the record for the fastest solo competitor to ever complete the 5,000km Atlantic rowing race. This week, Gavan speaks openly about his incredible journey from being a drug addict on the run (7:00) to working 200 metres below sea level (25:00) and being able to survive the jaw-dropping realities of surviving 50 days alone at sea (52:00).
In the last few days of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a three-man boat of American rowers was closing in on a solo boat helmed by 35 year-old Irishman, Gavan Hennigan.
It was time for Hennigan to dig deep and find something within himself to close out the race. After rowing 5,556 kilometers from San Sebastien in La Gomera to the English Harbour in Antigua, Hennigan came in on February 1st in third place behind two four-man boats. In the process, he crushed the Irish record for a solo Atlantic crossing by finishing in 49 days, 11 hours, 37 minutes. His final push was 14 hours of straight rowing.
Irish adventurer Gavan Hennigan woke up on Irish soil on Monday morning for the first time in 2017.
The Galwayman returned to Dublin Airport on Sunday afternoon, just over a week after rowing across the Atlantic. Hennigan competed in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, finishing the race in third place. He was the first solo rower to complete the race, in just under 50 days.
Galway's Gavan Hennigan has become the fastest Irishman to row across the Atlantic.
The 35-year-old completed the 5,000km journey, crossing the line in Antigua, after 49 days, 11 hours, 37 minutes at sea.
Adrenaline junkies from across the UK and Ireland will spend Christmas in the middle of the Atlantic as they compete in an endurance event dubbed the world's toughest rowing race.
Months of preparation, training and fitness regimes will come to a head on Wednesday at the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge when the 12 teams leave La Gomera in the Canary Islands bound for Antigua.
Gavan Hennigan (35) is an extreme environment athlete from Knocknacarra, Galway who is about to row, solo, across the Atlantic. This year he has already finished second in the 500km Yukon Arctic Ultra running race and also completed, in 17 days, a 700km trek across a frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia.