Galway man Gavan Hennigan embarks today on an amazing 5,000 km solo crossing of the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
The annual event, easily the toughest challenge on the planet, pushes athletes to their limit as they battle against the Atlantic from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua in the Caribbean.
The 35-year-old from Knocknacarra, Galway has worked around the world as a deep-sea saturation diver for over 10 years. In his youth he battled addiction but he managed to turn his life around. Now clean and sober Hennigan is no stranger to extreme challenges. He’s faced some of the world’s longest ultra marathons, climbed the Himalayas and crossed the frozen Lake Baikal in Siberia.
This challenge will be his biggest one yet and could take up to three months to complete. He’ll be making the journey on his own in a specialized ocean rowing boat, carrying with hims 90 days worth of rations and a satellite phone.
A total of 29 athlete will be completing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, many of which will be in teams but only four are bearing the added burden of a solo crossing.
Hennigan will face the raging Atlantic, howling winds, sleep deprivation, sun stroke and fatigue all to raise money for a fantastic cause: Jigsaw Galway and Cancer Care West.
Follow his journey: www.gavanhennigan.com