Salt, Sweat, Tears
The Men Who Rowed the Oceans
Just as some people believe mountains are there to be climbed, a few dreamers believe oceans are there to be rowed. This is the next frontier in adventure and endurance
Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have climbed Everest.
Adam Rackley is among them. For 70 days he and his rowing partner ate, slept and rowed in a boat seven metres long and two metres wide, in one of the world's most extreme environments. This is his story of adventure, endurance and self-discovery.
They were following in the wake of pioneers. In 1896 a pair of Norwegian fisherman crossed the 2,500 miles in a wooden fishing dory - and their record stood for 114 years. John Fairfax, a smuggler, gambler and shark hunter, was the first to complete the feat single-handedly in 1969. Others have followed; some have not survived the attempt. This is their story, too.