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Skerries world-record rower features in film


Poster for the film

Poster for the film

Poster for the film

A Skerries rower who holds the world record for an unsupported row across the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, is the subject of a new documentary which aired on RTE last Sunday.

'One Ocean: No Limits' is the first ever Irish documentary on the subject of ocean rowing and features Adam Burke from Skerries.

It is a 'no-budget' Irish 52-minute documentary, produced and directed by Sarah McCann, which follows the young Skerries novice rower through the highs and lows of rowing completely unsupported as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados.

From an endurance viewpoint, this feat of crossing the Atlantic by oar is similar to running over 100 marathons, back to back.

One Ocean: No Limits allows the audience to become part of a record-breaking crew of six men, (two English, two Irish, one Icelandic, one Maltese), on board the ocean rowing boat the Sara G - a crew who only met a few days before setting out on this momentous task.

The other Irish crew member was Rob Byrne from Bray.

At present, the number of those who have successfully crossed an ocean this way is similar to the number of people who have been in space, pointing to the uniqueness not only of those who are involved in such an extreme sport, but also of the crew of this documentary film who not only successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but broke two world records while doing so - records that still stand to this day.

'One Ocean: No Limits' is a documentary film about an extreme sports triumph - however, at its core, it is a human interest film that charts the experiences of a group of strangers forced into an extraordinary situation in an enclosed space crossing an ocean.

It is a story of human triumph against the odds. It offers access to sights that very few of us will ever get to experience and shows how determination and the desire to achieve can take one person from a dream to a reality.

The film has been screened at film festivals in the US and Sunday was its first broadcast in Ireland.

The no-budget film, produced and directed by Sarah McCann, who also performed major camera and editing roles, took over three years of filming and editing before completion.

Adam Burke, the main subject of the film, is also in the midst of building a new Irish-designed and built ocean rowing boat in order to captain his own crossing and beat his own world records in 2016.

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