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A 72-year-old British retiree has become the oldest person to conquer the Atlantic single-row, a feat he has already accomplished four times.
Graham Walters docked the Caribbean island of Antigua on Wednesday, three months after leaving the Spanish Canary Islands aboard his plywood boat he built in his garden.
With this ocean crossing, this inhabitant of the English city of Leicester obtains a double world record: he is the oldest man to have overcome the Atlantic by rowing and also the oldest man to have covered this distance from 5000 km more than once.
The rower paid tribute to his boat, which he made 22 years ago. “I said to myself: why not become the oldest person to row the Atlantic with an old boat?”, he quipped.
Unless he wishes to paddle back the other way, Mr. Walters will have to wait to see his England again: all commercial flights to and from Antigua are suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.