Today we talked LIVE with Evan, first about being our friend, then his deployment and how he was awarded the purple heart and finally his journey across the Atlantic ocean in 50 days in a row boat.
The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is a 3,000 mile race that begins in San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) and ends in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).
Fight or Die’s website UsVetRow.org clearly states their purpose for participating in this grueling challenge.
SAN ANTONIO -- A local veteran who rowed 3 thousand miles across the Atlantic Ocean, returns to San Antonio to share his once in a lifetime journey. His team set a world record for their boat class.
John Fannin, a Judson High School graduate and infantry Marine, set out to row across the Atlantic in December. He was part of the only U.S. team to row the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. He and three other veterans traveled from La Gomera, one of Spain’s Canary Islands, to Antigua. It took them 50 days, 11 hours and 35 minutes to finish the competition. Fannin said the rowing journey was the toughest challenge of his life. He said it helped him become stronger.
POWELL, Wyo. — After rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in a four-man boat, Powell resident Carl Christensen found it hard to believe it was finally over. The reality of being on dry land hadn’t set in yet.
“I don’t know where I’m at,” he said on the pier last Friday just after dark. “I think I’m in Antigua.”
Yet Christensen knew what he and his team had accomplished. He stated it simply while being cheered on the podium after the historic finish: “I rowed an ocean. Thanks, everyone.”