A father and his daughter have crossed the Atlantic ocean to the oar

Un père et sa fille ont traversé l’océan Atlantique à la rame

After having spent three months rowing in a small boat to cross difficult to the Atlantic ocean, John Beeden and his daughter Libby said to be shaken, but relieved to have arrived on land.

They did not always achieve their goal, said Mr Beeden. The wind and current worked against them in the last part of their journey of 91 days, during which they left Portugal to reach the island of Antigua, in the Caribbean.

In a telephone interview, Mr. Beeden said the weather was difficult throughout the trip. But in the last two weeks, things are even more tough.

For a time, they don’t believe they can make it to their final destination.

Libby Beeden, aged 20, said that they have had to face waves as high as six metres, which would hit their boat. Their boat of six meters in length was formed of a closed-cell foam, with a shell of kevlar and fibreglass.

Their frustration was palpable on the blog that they animated him using a satellite phone.

“Are we there yet?” could be read on an entry. “That is what we did to deserve this?” was the title of another ticket.

“We are desperate to get off this boat, wrote Libby Beeden few days before their arrival. It’s too hot, I have money!”

John Beeden, who is originally from the United Kingdom, but who now lives in Collingwood, Ontario, was a regular. In 2015, he became the first person to cross only the Pacific ocean to the oar. He had gone to North America to visit Australia, a trip which lasted 209 days.

His daughter, however, had much less experience.

“I look at things with the approach of an old man jaded and Libby was only 20 years old, he observed. She has conquered all her fears of high waves and paddling through the night.”

The father and daughter proceeded to row, in order to continue to move 24 hours per day.

But in spite of this difficult crossing, there have been moments.

“We can be quite depressed conditions, but if a whale or dolphin show, it was rather the moral,” explained Mr Beeden.

“It’s good that they choose to come on their own.”

They also saw a leatherback turtle. These beasts can weigh up to 700 kilograms and measuring 2.2 metres long.

Now that they have arrived at their destination, the Beeden will take time to decompress.

“I’m sitting next to a toast with avocado and fresh fruit at this time, welcomed Libby Beeden. I have ice in my drink!”

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