Stephen Shanley is back on dry land after completing his 3000 mile row across the Atlantic Ocean last week! What an incredible achievement! Read his latest blog below or visit his Instagram @stephenshanly •••
Well, it’s done. 41 days, 7 hours and 3000 miles on a tiny little boat, in a very powerful, scary, unforgiving, but beautiful Ocean. I went into this alone, head first, and with ridiculously short notice. Having never been ‘at sea’ before, and only deciding to do it on a whim, my optimism was severely, putting it mildly, tested. However I was completely blown away by the support that rose up, and how it grew.
My Dad was amazing, and right at my shoulder from the off. His emotional support was more than I could ever have hoped for. Jonny was with me every paddle of the way too, with calming advice and detailed daily weather updates. I’d like to sincerely congratulate them on a successful Atlantic ‘Row’ 🏆 💙. My amazing kids, Rocco and Mia, you were with me every second. I’m sorry for worrying you. You are my everything. I love you to infinity. You have Dad back now 💞👨👦👦💞. I’d also like to thank my loving family, my loving friends, everyone who generously shared my journey, and everyone who gave me so many kind, funny, interesting, and thoughtful messages of support. I read them all, and they powered my spirit enormously. Thank you so so much 🙏🏼 💙. Thanks to #Virgin, #TheProjectPool, #Leightons, #OceanUnite, #BigChange, Pat, Kevin, Charlie, Angus, Chris, and Manuel for their input and help.
Also, thanks gigantically for your donations to my two causes, Ocean Unite and Big Change. I’m so incredibly grateful for your generosity 😘. I believe challenges that we set ourselves are good for us. Whether it’s a 5km run, learning a language, climbing a mountain, or a weekly swim, we learn. I feel good that I did this one. Simply, all it took was a decision, and then lots of small movements. Same for any challenge or task. Like previous ones, I shall draw on it.
Chill, hugs, and love time for me now. Oh, and lacto free cheese 🧀 😛. #soloatlanticrow #3000milerow #noseat #done #bigchange #oceanunite #populationmatters #strive