British 72-year-old is oldest person to row solo across Atlantic

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Graham Walters also claims record for being oldest person to row an ocean more than once

A 72-year-old man from Leicester has claimed the world record for the oldest person to row across the Atlantic solo, after nearly missing out on the accolade when he was blown off course just six miles from shore.

Graham Walters had to call for assistance from the local coastguard just off Antigua, his final destination, when strong winds blew him off path and his world record attempt hung in jeopardy.

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A 72-year-old man from Leicester has claimed the world record for the oldest person to row across the Atlantic solo, after nearly missing out on the accolade when he was blown off course just six miles from shore.

Graham Walters had to call for assistance from the local coastguard just off Antigua, his final destination, when strong winds blew him off path and his world record attempt hung in jeopardy.

However, the Ocean Rowing Society, the official Guinness World Records adjudicators for rowing, have now confirmed that Walters will receive the record for the oldest person to row any ocean solo, as well as the oldest person to row an ocean more than once.

It was Graham Walters’ fifth journey across the Atlantic – his third solo – and after three months at sea, he’s relieved to be back on dry land.

“It feels fantastic to have won two world records. It feels like recognition for all that hard work and ups and downs,” said Walters from Antigua, where he has received a warm reception including a crowd of supporters and gifts on arrival. “The reception has been incredible, non-stop help and people giving me gifts and presents.”

“I’m disappointed that I ended up being towed right at the end but it was the right thing to do – especially now I know I have got my world record,” he said. “As I was at such a critical point, I had to face the fact that if I didn’t take up the offer of assistance then I would miss Antigua.”

Graham Walters tucking into a burger and chips in Antigua, his first meal on dry land after rowing the Atlantic. Photograph: Gulliver Johnson/Simplyantiguabarbuda.com

He made the journey in the 22-year-old row boat the George Geary, named after his late grandfather the famous cricketer, which he plans to leave at a museum on the island. His achievement has already raised more than £2,500 for Help for Heroes.

Walters now faces a lengthy wait before he can get a flight back to the UK amid the coronavirus pandemic, and is still trying to get his head around how much the world has changed since he set off on his epic voyage in January.

“It’s like I have been in a bubble and have now woken up in an alternative universe,” he said. “In Antigua there are coronavirus restrictions, like I’m having to wear a mask, but that’s not really a problem.

“And of course, no one could give me a hug or a pat on the back when I arrived.”

For Walters, the adventure was “the last voyage” and marks the end of his travels across the Atlantic.

“I am sad in a way that it was the last one,” he said. “But there has to be a last one of everything and it’s a good leaving point for me and the boat.”


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