Monday 29 December 2014

Record-breaker Philip toasts Pacific triumph

Elaine McCahill

Published 28/07/2014 | 02:30

Philip Cavanagh cracks open the champagne with his fellow crew members after arriving in Hawaii
Philip Cavanagh cracks open the champagne with his fellow crew members after arriving in Hawaii

An Irishman has become the first to complete the gruelling 3,800km Great Pacific Race after his team endured severe sea sickness.

Dublin-born Philip Cavanagh took part in the inaugural race from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii as part of a four-man squad.

His team were called 'Battleborn' after US rockers The Killers album title, with members from Ireland, Australia and the UK.

The team finished the race in 45 days and set two world records for the first Irishman and first Australian to row the Pacific in the epic race. However, it wasn't all plain sailing for Team Battleborn who eventually finished second in the epic race.

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 the race.

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."

Irish Independent

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