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Skerries Man Stars In Record Breaking Documentary

A local man from Skerries was the focus on in a new documentary, recently broadcast on RTE2. ‘One Ocean: No Limits,’ was the first ever Irish documentary on the subject of Ocean Rowing featuring Adam Burke from Skerries. 

This no-budget Irish 52-minute documentary, followed Burke, a novice rower, through the highs and lows of rowing completely unsupported, as part of a crew of six across the vast Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados. 

This feature was the first Irish documentary on the subject of the extreme sport of ocean rowing. It subsequently allowed the audience to become part of a record-breaking crew of six men, on board the ocean rowing boat the Sara G – a crew who only met a few days before setting out on their momentous task.   

Burke completed this momentous task in 2011, as part of a six man strong team attempting to row the Atlantic Ocean from Morocco to Barbados in a purpose-built ocean rowing boat called Sara G.  They departed Morocco on Wednesday, January 5th 2011 and had to arrive in Barbados, not later than 7.30pm on February 9th, in order to get the current world record, which they did.

Operating a gruelling two hours on, two hours off schedule over a 24 hour period, the crew of six survived on minimal sleep.

The project took over three years of filming and editing before completion. In addition, he is also in the midst of building a new Irish-designed and built ocean rowing boat, in order to captain his own crossing and beat his own world records in 2016.