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Thursday 14 December 2017

Irishman rows the Pacific in 45 days to break record

Philip Cavanagh.
Philip Cavanagh.

Dublin man Philip Cavanagh (27) has become the first Irish man to row across the Pacific.

Philip was taking part in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, which is a 2,400-mile row from Monterrey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.

Philip's team was called Battleborn, after US rockers The Killers album title, and the four male members came from Ireland, Australia and the UK.

The team finished the race in 45 days and set two records for the first Irishman and first Australian to row the Pacific.

Writing on his Facebook after finally reaching dry land in Hawaii, Philip said: "Two world records and 45 days at sea later, it feels pretty good to be back on land.

"The support from you guys has been absolutely amazing.

"Looking forward to getting back and boring the absolute sh**e out of you all with stories. First things first, find a karaoke bar in Hawaii."

However, it wasn't all plain sailing for Team Battleborn, who eventually finished second in the epic race.

Training

Their boat was only released from US customs less than a week before the race and the team only managed about eight hours of training before setting off.

As well as this, Australian member of the crew Dan Kierath developed such intense sea sickness after they began the race that if he hadn't recovered in time they would have had to forfeit.

Fortunately, after around four days he came around and they were able to continue.

The team kept a blog of their journey 
detailing everything from their reasons for setting out on the trip to the 
awkwardness of zero privacy bathroom breaks.

Their blog became incredibly popular, with The Killers even tweeting about it.

Philip, from Palmerstown, works for Bord Gais and is expected to return to Ireland this week.

The team competed in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs and Aware among other charities and hope to raise €100,000.

The team had a gruelling schedule of two hours rowing, two hours off and no more than two hours sleep in between.

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