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Damian Browne of Galway is Sailor of the Month (Ocean Rowing) for October

1st November 2022
Time to celebrate – Damian Browne achieved a stupendous “first” by rowing from New York to Galway
Time to celebrate – Damian Browne achieved a stupendous “first” by rowing from New York to Galway

Ocean rowing has come up before in our Sailor of the Month listings. But it’s an understandably rare feat, and noted former rugby player Damian Browne’s huge achievement of rowing from New York to Galway is put into deeper perspective by knowing that his shipmate at the start of the voyage had to be air-lifted off at an early stage owing to illness. Thus Damian made his way solo across a notably obtuse ocean in what was essentially a two-man boat, resulting in a time scale which is difficult to grasp.

He departed on June 14th and reached Ireland on October 4th, by which time the ocean swell and the Atlantic winds were already well into the beginnings of their winter routines.

 

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