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Atlantic Rower Hennigan Defies Winds to Hold Third

27th December 2016
Atlantic Rower Hennigan Defies Winds to Hold Third Photo: Twitter

#Rowing: On the 15th day of his solo row across the Atlantic, Gavan Hennigan has firmly established himself in third in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The winds have picked up and he reports some difficulty – “oars trying to take my head off” – but he is covering impressive distances, including 70 nautical miles (130 km) in a 24-hour period. He took advice from his mentor, Henry Lupton, on the prevailing winds at this time of the year and chose to take a route well south of the rhumb line (most direct line) from La Gomera to Antigua. It seems to have worked well, and the Galway man is adjudged to be 29 nautical miles (54 km) closer to the finish line than his rival for third, American Oarsmen, a trio. Latitude 35, an American four, are the clear leaders, from British four Row for James. There are 12 boats in the race: three fours; three trios; two pairs and four solos.  

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