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American Oarsmen Cutting Into Hennigan's Lead

24th January 2017
Gavan Hennigan Gavan Hennigan

#Rowing: Solo rower Gavan Hennigan is in a battle to hold off the three-man boat American Oarsmen in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Two boats have finished the race from the Canaries to Antigua and Hennigan leads the nine boats still rowing. The winds have not favoured the Galway man and American Oarsmen, who can row 24 hours a day, have closed on him. They are just a day behind and look a good bet to overtake him to take third. Hennigan, who cannot man the oars on the same round-the-clock basis, regained some momentum on Tuesday.

 “The American trio are pushing me hard,” Hennigan said. “They were tipped to win [the race] but had a lot of problems early on and now they are posting some crazy 24-hour mileage. Anyway, I am one man here and giving it my all and what will be will be. I’m happy to be here and want to enjoy the last 12 days of this epic adventure.”

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Liam Gorman

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Liam Gorman is a writer and reporter. He is the co-author of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean, published in the United States and Canada as Crossing the Swell. He is the rowing correspondent of the Irish Times.  

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