He burnt around 8,000 calories a day and lost approximately 20% of his body weight over the duration of the race
by ANITA MCSORLEY, Irish Mirror
An Irish former heroin addict and alcoholic who tried to kill himself became a superfit endurance athlete and rowing across the Atlantic – sponsored by a whiskey company.
He lived in a squat for 15 years and tried to commit suicide because he couldn’t accept the fact that he was gay.
He bravely held off the challenge of a three man American team, to finish the race in third place. 30 minutes was all that separated the two boats after 49 days of relentless ocean rowing, in what was an historically close finish.
Upon arrival at Antigua, he raised the Irish Tricolour to salute the large crowd gathered to watch him complete the race.