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Isaac Giesen is attempting to become first NZer to row Atlantic solo

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Fuseworks Media

Fifty-seven days into the event and Isaac Giesen is approaching the final quarter of his odyssey to become the first New Zealander to row the Atlantic solo - he has ‘only’ 1250 kms left to row in the 4815km event.

Rowing under the name The Blue Rower, 26- year old Giesen is taking part in the Talikers Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Not only is his aim is to be the first New Zealander to row the Atlantic solo, but be the first person from the Southern Hemisphere to row the Atlantic twice in 12 months, having completed it as part of a team last year.

This year’s race started on December 12 from the Canary Islands and finishes 2600 nautical miles (4815kms) away in the West indies.

His motivation for the race is to raise money and awareness for depression (see notes below).

Speaking from the middle of the Atlantic, he said he was in fine heart, with only two blisters on his hands and, equally importantly, "none on his bum." He rows between 12 and 14 hours a day.

"The last few weeks have been pretty frustrating weather wise, but I have finally got a good breeze at my back and the currents are in my favour," he said. He hopes to make Antigua in the West Indies before the end of the month.

The only drawback is that he is running out of lime pickle but still has sufficient olive oil "to add flavour" to any meal! Pringles and canned peaches are treats while he has caught numerous mahi mahi, which he eats mainly raw.

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