1 Man 1 Leg 1 Ocean


The Challenge

To become the first amputee to row  an ocean solo and completely unsupported, the chosen route is the North Atlantic Ocean.  The Row will cover 2000 nautical miles from St Johns, Newfoundland to Achill Island, Ireland.  The expedition will start at the first suitable weather window in June 2017, it is expected to take between 60 and 90 days to complete this record breaking journey.  During the row Paddy will experience all the Atlantic Ocean has to offer, this will range from freezing temperatures and ice off the coast of  Canada to 45ft waves and hurricane force winds heading east towards Ireland.  



You will be able to follow Paddy's progress online, please check back closer to the time for information...
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 The Rower

Paddy Gallagher is a former British Army Infantry Soldier who served with the Irish Guards for 8 years. Originally born in the UK, he moved with his family to Achill Island off the coast of Ireland when he was just 2 years old, moving back to the UK in 2005, Paddy joined the British Army in 2006 serving on operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan. During a night patrol in Afghanistan in 2009 Paddy was blown up by an Improvised Explosive Device and lost his right leg below the knee.

Upon leaving the Army, Paddy was looking for a new challenge and happened across Row2Recovery and the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. After a rigorous selection process Paddy was selected for the final four and the Team left La Gomera in the Canary Islands just before Christmas in 2015 and arrived in Antigua 46 days, 6 hours and 49 minutes later. Rowing 3000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and coming 8th out of the 26 teams competing they became the first physically disabled team of four to row an ocean completely unsupported which earned them a Guinness World Record.

Paddy now intends to row the Atlantic again. Solo. Paddy will recreate a voyage across the Atlantic West to East; a feat that has never been attempted by an Amputee and a feat that will earn Paddy another Guinness World Record upon completion. 
The route that the team has chosen for Paddy will depart from Newfoundland, Canada, arriving on Achill island, Ireland, emulating famous Ocean Rower Don Allums’ epic trip, he was the first man to successfully cross the Atlantic solo, in both directions in 1987.
During the last leg of his epic 5000 nautical mile journey Don encountered a bad storm, this lead him to come ashore on Achill Island, where Paddy grew up. Paddy has many memories of this momentous occasion and has boyhood photographs of him sitting in Don's boat the QE3. Since this time, Paddy has dreamed of rowing oceans and this row for the 30th Anniversary of Don's feat is a fitting tribute to the man and a dream come true for Paddy.

Some might say he is pushing the boundaries with his disability but for Paddy its about proving there are no boundaries only the ones you set yourself.#1Man1Leg1Ocean #RowPaddyRow #NoBoundaries 
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How you can help
Every expedition of this nature needs to raise sponsorship to fund it. To meet this challenge, we would like to work with organisations that share a vision of teamwork, strength, unity, perseverance and are excited by trying new things and constantly improving in extreme environments.  There are many sponsorship opportunities for supporters including brand names on apparel, extensive ongoing media coverage from broadcast, Internet, local, regional, national and international print, websites, signage and branding on the boat.  We are offering  a unique chance to be instrumental in achieving something truly outstanding for the record books and in the world of ultra endurance events, a feat that if pulled off by Paddy  and his team, with his proven track record and disability will impact and inspire many people. You too can be part of that.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact us, we would love to hear from you.
Paddy is proud to be raising money for the Irish Guards Benevolent Fund, if you would like to show your support for Paddy please follow the link below

Just Giving
If you would like to help fund this world record  attempt and support Paddy is this epic journey, please follow the link below to make a personal pledge, a pledge of £20.00 or more will get you a personal thank you message on our website, as a valued supporter and contributor to help Paddy fulfill his boyhood dream.  #nevergiveup.
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