Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rower's Back to Wall

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Rower's Back to Wall

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Byline: Bill Hoffman

ATLANTIC rower Andrew Abrahams' dream of stepping ashore in Antigua on Australia Day - 226 years after his great, great, great grandfather held the tender while Captain Phillip stepped ashore in Sydney Cove - is looking less likely.

The Queensland rower, the only solo paddler remaining in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, was still 470 nautical miles short of the finish line in the West Indies by late Monday.

Although he completed 38 nautical miles in the 24 hours before that, he was travelling at only 1.7 knots.

If he can maintain speed, he still has at least 12 days at sea.

Abrahams' vessel, the RV Owen Cavanough, is named after the 18th century seaman who was on board the Sirius when it ran ashore on Norfolk Island while taking supplies to the prison colony.

Cavanough settled there and married before returning to Sydney where he had been granted 40.5ha on the Hawkesbury River, north of Sydney. …

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