Hi! Wendy here! I get so excited when I hear about our amazing friends and neighbors from the Tri-State doing amazing things. Take 19-year-old Oliver Crane from New Jersey for example who became the first solo rower to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
Oliver Crane's voyage was part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an annual transatlantic race that bills itself as "The World's Toughest Row."
Think about it! Oliver is just a teenager! He arrived on the Caribbean island of Antigua to a crowd of cheering friends and family who were obviously super proud of him.
According to ABC News:
The 19-year-old broke the previous record for the youngest solo crossing, set in 2010 that was held by then-22-year-old Katie Spotz.
Wow... just wow.
Oliver's Instagram account is named after his boat which is called 'Team Homeward Bound'. It's a 23-foot, custom-built boat, which is designed to right itself if it capsizes, which we're hearing DID happen along his journey... that's a terrifying thought.
Like any teen, Oliver did have access to a phone (thank goodness!) so he could call for help in case of emergency and admitted that he mainly snacked on junk food. Apparently, he's a huge fan of Twinkies, lol!
Besides being a teen with a sweet tooth, he also has a heart of gold putting his efforts toward helping others in need. If you'd like to read more, check out his website HERE. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures Oliver!