Rowing the Atlantic

Our recent guest speaker was Bryce Carlson, who is a science teacher at Seven Hills, and who recently rowed solo across the Atlantic.

Bryce had a boat built especially for this challenge, with included a cabin in which to sleep, water desalinators, solar panels, GPS and backup – and an eclectic variety of music.

He named the boat Lucille, after his grandmother. It took two years to prepare for this challenged. He did a lot of rowing to build up his stamina, but there was really no way to simulate the conditions he met on the actual ocean.

The journey got off to a rocky start, and there were many equipment failures along the way, plus the remnants Hurricane Chris. He rowed 12 hours, with breaks, and then rested for 12 hours.

The trip took 38 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes, which was a new World Record shattering the previous record by over 15 days. He rowed from St. John’s in Newfoundland to St. Mary’s Island in Ireland. GPS tags recorded the journey.

Would he do it again? He said he would rather go on to a new challenge. There is so much to see and do in this world.

For more information on Bryce’s story check out

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