Intrepid adventurer Graham Walters (69) is about to embark on a monumental challenge; he will aim to row the Atlantic Ocean single-handedly and hopes to become the oldest person to complete this incredible feat. He aims to complete the crossing in 100 days and will be setting off on Sunday 19 February.
Graham started rowing the Atlantic back in 1997 at the age of 49 when he was part of a two man crew, and he completed this twice before taking on the solo challenge in 2003. However, while rowers have crossed the Atlantic multiple times in recent years, Graham won’t be crossing the pond in a modern boat with all modern equipment, he will be setting off in a boat built in 1969 and replicating it’s trip from the UK to the US which was completed by Sydney Genders in 1971!
Graham has had many adventures out on the Atlantic Ocean, and it was there on the high seas that he first became involved with Help for Heroes. In 2011 four Help for Heroes beneficiaries took part in Row to Recovery – a 3000 mile journey unaided to Antigua. While on the voyage Graham was contacted to help save a boat that had capsized twice and been abandoned, but while he was out there the Help for Heroes guys hit trouble when their water system failed and their rudder broke. Graham spent three days going from the safety of the rescue ship in a rubber dinghy to the rowers, fixing their rudder so they could complete their trip. This experience inspired Graham so much, seeing the dedication, commitment and ability of the wounded service personnel, that he has chosen to support Help for Heroes with his record breaking challenge.
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