His mission? Rowing solo across the Atlantic. The strategy? ...


His mission? Rowing solo across the Atlantic. The strategy? Daydreaming

A 59-year old rows across from Cape to Rio in record time thanks to brain power

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A 59-year old South African who spent 70 days rowing himself across the Atlantic says he spent much of the time daydreaming about the future.

Ex-merchant navy officer Zirk Botha believes his mind and not his muscles was most important in helping him set a new world record for an unassisted Cape to Rio row. When the going got tough – such as the violent storm that lasted two and a half days – Botha simply strapped himself into his cupboard-sized cabin in the bow of his rowing boat and daydreamed about his children.

“That was my strategy, to basically daydream,” Botha told Sunday Times Daily this week from his base in Brazil, where he is relaxing before returning home next week. ..

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