Mr. Lock and Mr. Boreham have finished their row across the Atlantic. It took 86 days.
Unfathomable. Just think about everything you’ve done over the last 86 days. Then imagine yourself in a tiny boat in the middle of the ocean for all that time.
There’s an article in the Bristol Evening Post about them. I’ll cut and paste it below in case it disappears.
EXHAUSTED BUT OVERJOYED BY OCEAN RECORD
Date : 08.04.08
After a gruelling 86 days battling horrendous weather and huge waves, a former Bristol Grammar School pupil is the first partially-sighted person to row across the Atlantic Ocean.
Alan Lock, 28, is now set to enter the Guinness Book of Records after reaching dry land in the Caribbean, sore and exhausted from almost three months at sea.
Mr Lock left La Gomera in Tenerife in his 24ft boat, Gemini, on January 11 with Matt Boreham from Norwich, who four years ago set his own world record for a solo row across the Atlantic.
On Saturday afternoon, after battling 35-knot winds, six-metre waves and crossing 3,000 miles of open ocean, the intrepid pair came ashore at Port St Charles in Barbados.
And after meeting his family on the quayside, an emotional Mr Lock, who grew up in Clevedon, said: “This is a dream come true for me, and I am so proud to show what people who are blind can achieve.”
But the pair almost did not make it. Mr Lock said: “On Friday we were about 50 nautical miles away from Barbados, battling adverse weather conditions that were driving us south, away from the island.
“It was absolutely tormenting to be so close and then have to battle virtually our worst weather right at the finish.”
The unaccompanied crossing has taken a great physical toll on the pair.
Mr Lock, a former Royal Navy lieutenant, lost two-and-a-half-stone.
While he is ready to celebrate his extraordinary achievement, his family are just glad to have him back in one piece.
His dad, Chris, said: “We were absolutely overjoyed when they came in – it was pretty emotional.
“The plan now is to rest up a bit and head home towards the end of the week.”
Mr Lock’s challenge was supported by double Olympic gold medallist James Cracknell, who in 2006 rowed the Atlantic with TV presenter Ben Fogle.
Mr Cracknell said: “Congratulations to Alan and Matt for rowing all the way.
“My experiences are nothing compared to the incredible bravery that rowing across the Atlantic with vision impairment must require. What a feat.”
Mr Lock had to quit his naval career after just three years when he was diagnosed with juvenile macular degeneration, meaning he can only use his peripheral vision and is registered blind.
Now a business analyst for HSBC, he and Matt hope that their expedition will raise £100,000 for deaf/blind charity Sense.
For more information or to sponsor their expedition, log on to www.atlanticrow4sense.com