A one-armed Irishman has made a solo 4,000-mile journey home across the Atlantic.
64-year-old Garry Crothers was on his yacht off the coast of Sint Maarten, a country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Caribbean, when the coronavirus pandemic broke out. The man from County Derry, Northern Ireland, couldn’t get a flight home and feared he would miss his daughter’s wedding in September.
With his wits, determination and determination, Crothers led his yacht, which is normally operated by two people, alone and made the 37-day trek home across the Atlantic.
Crothers made it home on Sunday and was greeted by friends, family, neighbors and dignitaries. On arrival he was greeted with a fresh pint of Guinness and champagne.
Crothers lost his arm two years ago after it was amputated due to complications resulting from a 2008 motorcycle accident. Since his operation, he has been deeply involved in Northern Ireland Sailing and Foyle Sailability, a cross-border volunteer organization that provides sailing opportunities for people with disabilities.
His hike was not easy as he battled storms and was forced to briefly dock in Spain and County Cork before returning to Derry.
In a Facebook post, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane said, “Garry’s story is one of great determination, persistence and passion – an inspiration to all of us.”
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