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70-year-old becomes oldest person to row across Atlantic

A 70-year-old grandfather has become the oldest person to row across the Atlantic unassisted when he completed the 3,000-mile (4828 kilometres) journey from Tenerife to Antigua and Barbuda on Saturday (February 6).

Frank Rothwell, from Oldham in North West England, completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 when he arrived in English Harbour on the island of Antigua 56 days, 2 hours and 41 minutes after setting off from the Canary Islands on December 12.

As of 2130GMT on Saturday, Rothwell had raised just over £648,000 (890,148 usd) for Alzheimer’s Research UK and is aiming to raise £1million (1,373,649 usd).

Rothwell is an experienced sailor having sailed all over the world including three previous journeys across the Atlantic. In 2017, at the age of 66, he also climbed Kilimanjaro.

(Production: Tim Hart)

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