Sunday 18 March 2018

Novice Irish rower who broke record by crossing Atlantic is featured in new documentary

Rower Adam Burke
Patricia Langton, Adam Burke, Vera Langton and Sarah McCann in Skerries Cricket Club for the special homecoming celebration for Adam, who rowed across the Atlantic in a world record time.
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

A young Irish novice rower’s dramatic experience of rowing across the Atlantic as part of a crew of six is the subject of a fascinating new Irish documentary.

Adam Burke from Skerries, Dublin, rowed completely unsupported with the crew across the Atlantic from Morocco to Barbados, a feat comparable to running 100 marathons – back to back.

One Ocean: No Limits follows Adam and the crew (2 English, 2 Irish, 1 Icelandic, I Maltese) who only met each other a few days before setting out on the momentous endurance challenge.  The other Irish crew member was Rob Byrne from Bray.

Not only did they successfuly cross the Atlantic Ocean, but they broke two world records while doing so, records which still stand.

Given that the number of those who have successfully crossed an ocean this way is similar to the number of people who have been in space, it’s clear this is an extreme sport which requires enormous commitment, skill, and endurance.

Director Sarah McCann filmed the 52-minute documentary with zero budget and took over three years of filming and editing to complete. 

Having impressed at film festivals at home and abroad the documentary will now be screened at RTE2, Sunday December 14 at 8pm.

Read more: Special homecoming for record-breaking Adam

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