In 1966, British Paratroopers Chay Blyth and John Ridgway rowed across the North Atlantic from Cape Cod on the North American Coastline to Ireland. Their voyage was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 20m waves and a sudden near-starvation diet. This row remains a benchmark for human adventure to this day.
Their trip laid the foundation for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 5000km unsupported race from San Sebastian on the Canary Island of La Gomera to English Harbour in the Carribean Island of Antigua.
The voyage is widely considered to be one of the toughest challenges on the planet, pushing those who attempt it to their limits. To this day more people have climbed Everest, reached the North Pole or ventured into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic. Not only that, but Gavan plans to row it solo for which there have been even fewer crossings.
On the 15th of December 2016 Gavan will undertake this mammoth adventure completely solo and unsupported, bidding to be one of only a handful of people on the planet to have rowed an ocean solo.