Dangerous journey across the Atlantic Ocean: a man rows a boat from New York to Ireland

Retired rugby player Damian Browne from Galway, Ireland has become the first person to row from New York to Ireland after his boat made a treacherous arrival on the coast of County Galway in the early hours of the morning from Tuesday, October 4, 2022, Irish reported broadcaster RTE.

Browne left New York on June 14 in his Cushlamachree, a 20-foot ocean-going rowboat that was custom-built for the trip.

The term “Cushlamachree” means “darling” or “darling” in Irish, according to Merriam-Webster.

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This is the second time Browne has rowed across the Atlantic, although it is the first time he has traveled east.

In 2018, he rowed from San Sebastian, Spain to the Caribbean island of Antigua. In another adventure, Browne also climbed Mount Everest last year, according to Browne’s personal website.

Browne’s boat made a treacherous arrival on the coast of County Galway in the early morning hours of Tuesday October 4, 2022.
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Browne was first joined by his friend Fergus Farrell; but Farrell suffered a medical emergency just 13 days into the planned 65-day voyage at sea. He had to be evacuated from the craft, RTE said.

This left Browne completely alone for the remaining 98 days he was at sea.

He documented the trip on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

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The two friends decided to embark on the adventure, which they called “Project Empower 2022”, in order to “give children and adults a true image [and] tangible action to emulate and inspire them to dream big in whatever avenue of life they decide to pursue,” according to the Project Empower 22 website.

The pair raise money for Ability West, Galway Simon Community, MADRA and the NRH Foundation – all charities – according to the website.

Their websites state that Ability West is a charity that aims to help people with developmental disabilities; the Galway Simon Community supports vulnerable populations in the west of Ireland; MADRA is a dog shelter in County Galway; and the NRH Foundation supports the National Rehabilitation Hospital of Ireland.

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A donation link on the Project Empower 2022 website shows the pair have raised around $68,000 since June 2022.

Browne was completely alone for a total of 98 days at sea;  he documented the trip on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Browne was completely alone for a total of 98 days at sea; he documented the trip on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
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The choice of charities was personal for Browne and Farrell.

Farrell suffered a spinal cord injury in 2018 and was initially paralyzed from the waist down, the Project Empower website said.

A year after being injured, Farrell walked 128 miles (206 kilometers) from his home in County Galway to the National Rehabilitation Hospital.

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Browne had planned to row back to the Galway docks at the end of her trip, but Mother Nature had other – and almost deadly – ​​plans.

“Unfortunately I found myself on some rocks at Furbo on the north shore of Galway Bay around 1am. It was a very tense and stressful night,” he told the Irish Examine, a daily.

High winds forced his boat off course and hit rocks, endangering his life and damaging the boat.

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“The boat was hit by the wake of a strong wave, it flipped over and the wave knocked me over and broke one of my oars,” Browne added.

After crawling out of the Cushlamachree and finding shelter on a large rock, he contacted a member of his ground support team, who then called emergency services.

State police officers from three different nearby municipalities came to her aid quickly, the examiner said.

Shown is Mount Everest.  Browne climbed to the top last year - in another one of his outdoor adventures.

Shown is Mount Everest. Browne climbed to the top last year – in another one of his outdoor adventures.
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Browne detailed the mental and physical challenges associated with his 5,000 kilometer (3,106.86 mile) trek across the Atlantic to RTE.

“The North Atlantic is very changeable, and every change I seemed to have was negative,” he said, explaining that a 15-minute rest could undo hours of work due to the intense winds.

“For months it ended like this,” he said. “If it wasn’t eddies, it was headwinds in the second half.”

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Browne said he had so many adverse conditions, “it was just a fight all the way.”

Despite the last-second setback, Browne expressed her gratitude for the support from her community. He said he had “accomplished what I wanted, and I’m safe and uninjured, and I’ve had an amazing reception”, reported The Irish Times.

Shown here is the New Jersey Shore. "The North Atlantic is very changeable, and every change I seemed to have was negative," Browne said.

Shown here is the New Jersey Shore. “The North Atlantic is very changeable, and every change I seemed to have was negative,” Browne said.
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“I’m a little surprised,” he said after arriving at the Galway docks, The Times noted.

“Up to three days ago, I hadn’t seen anyone for 98 days and was a bit apprehensive about this moment, due to the overwhelming nature of seeing so many people, being isolated from people for so long – and it’s just great to be welcomed home by so many people,” Browne also said.

“I want to thank everyone who came to meet me and I also want to thank everyone who supported me online.”

“I want to thank everyone who came to meet me and I also want to thank everyone who supported me online, all the messages of support along the way, when I was at my most desperate moments. deep and darkest, of which there were many,” he continued.

“All I had to do was put the phone down and know there was [were] these people connected with me and I didn’t feel so alone,” he added.

“All I can say, from the bottom of my heart, is ‘thank you’.”

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His friend Farrell was at the Galway docks for Browne’s reception.

He too was grateful that his friend was safe.

“I’m just relieved that Damo is home because I left him alone in the middle of the ocean,” he told The Times.