His mission? Rowing solo across the Atlantic. The strategy? Daydreaming

A 59-year old rows across from Cape to Rio in record time thanks to brain power

03 March 2021 - 19:29

A 59-year old South African who spent 70 days rowing himself across the Atlantic says he spent much of the time daydreaming about the future.

Ex-merchant navy officer Zirk Botha believes his mind and not his muscles was most important in helping him set a new world record for an unassisted Cape to Rio row. When the going got tough – such as the violent storm that lasted two and a half days – Botha simply strapped himself into his cupboard-sized cabin in the bow of his rowing boat and daydreamed about his children...

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