Riaan Manser & Vasti Geldenhuys
(14 Jul 2014)

Riaan Manser

Intrepid travellers Riaan Manser & Vasti Geldenhuys have rowed their way into the history books by successfully traversing the Atlantic ocean from Morocco to New York in an epic 10-and-a-half thousand km journey over a mind-boggling 133 days at Sea.     

Upon completing the 6 500 mile (10 460 kilometer) journey on Friday (June 20), the couple stood in their boat in front of the Statue of Liberty and shared a tender embrace.

Asked how it felt to bring their journey to a close, Manser said the two were overcome with emotion.

"Making history in the 21st century, c'mon, where do you do that? And shucks, we're those two people. We don't deserve to make history and we have. No human beings have done what we've done in a rowing boat. That's what we're feeling, it's surreal you know."

One of the reasons its so surreal is because Vasti has no previous boating experience. While Riaan has built a career as an adventurer, Vasti is a lawyer by trade.

The two set out on their journey from Agadir, Morocco in December. The pair hit bad weather and had several scary moments that they blogged about online. The worst they said, was when their boat capsized in February.

But the pair survived and rowed through the Canary Islands, to the Bahamas and eventually landed in Miami. From there they headed to their final destination, New York City.

They described the Atlantic Ocean as rough and "angry" and said they learned a little bit more each day and grew stronger as time went on.

After taking in the moment, Manser said he is proudest of doing this with the love of his life.

"It's awesome to be able to do this with Vasti. I do this for a career and now I actually do it with her. Come on, it's the biggest romantic story probably going to be told."

As for what's next, Manser joked that after this, getting married and starting a family will be a piece of cake.


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