After nearly two years of preparation and 110 days at sea, James Ketchell has crossed the Atlantic in his Speedo-sponsored rowing boat. He arrived at Antigua, English Harbour at 13.44 local time, 18.34 UK time on April 24. The total time for the crossing was 110 days 4 hours and 4 minutes.
Here is an extract from his Facebook page.
“The reception that I received absolutely blew my mind with well over 100 well wishers all eagerly awaiting my arrival. Fortunately 2 miles out of English Harbour the local Antigua and Barbuda search and rescue came out to guide me into the harbour. It turned out the entrance was completely hidden behind a headland so was completely blind to me. There was also a very strong current that would of blasted me straight past the entrance to the harbour if I wasn’t careful.
Stepping off the boat was a strange but phenomenal experience. Actually the experience is almost impossible to describe. It has been a very tough 110 days. Never have I felt so demoralized and fed up when you find you’ve rowed all day and basically stayed still. On the flip side the Atlantic can be the best place on earth when the conditions are right and everything is going perfectly. I’ve come to the conclusion that the highs and lows are just all part of ocean rowing. When I set off from Gomera 110 days ago I knew the challenge was with myself and the Atlantic was just the reward. It’s totally impossible to conquer the Atlantic that is one thing I can tell you for sure. I was very lucky to make it across safely.
Although I’ve spent the last 110 days on my own and pushing myself as much as I can this epic adventure could not of happened with out all the help and support of my sponsors and people around me. So really everyone that has supported and sponsored me was just a big a part of this project as me. So from a pretty tired and skinny captain Ketch a massive thank you to everyone that has been behind me financially and emotionally for the last 2 years.
Photos of my arrival will be uploaded over the next few days. I think you’ll all be amazed at what I look like. The next couple of days I will be just relaxing with my family who are currently flying out. Sadly they did miss my arrival but they were there in spirit and I know they are relived I’ve now arrived safely. Also over the next week video footage and lots of photos of the crossing will be going up too.
110 days of battling across the Atlantic has got to be worth a donation to my charity if you’ve not done so already. www.justgivving.com/jamesketchell Many thanks in advance. Captain Ketch”