This is a press release of my Atlantic rowing crossing, and a message to those who are going through difficult times. 

In July 2020? after 2 months of recovery from a surgery, I had only 5 months to prepare for the Atlantic expedition. Some doctors told me to sit back and take it easy for at least a year. I did not, because the time for me is my everything.

I started training, at the end of September 2020, every day putting 30-50 km in my rowing club's ergometers and rowing boats. At that stage, training was not easy for my mental and body situation. There were a lot of predicaments, especially with my body. My coach, Nikos Koutsobinas/Omilos Ereton, really helped me to push my mental and body limits to extreme levels. Indeed, I put a lot of patience, discipline, and commitment into my training. I remember some of the younger club rowers were looking at me in awe. How this man at age 66 does 40 and 60 km every day in the ergometer without getting tired or giving up.

In March 1st, 2021, the expedition began at Portimao/Portugal with the destination Cayenne/French Guiana (3250 nautical miles or 6000 km). Our rowing boat was a typical Rannoch45 ocean rowing boat with the following dimensions: 8.65 meters x 1.80 meters and net weight 750 kg. The boat had 2 cabins at its ends. The front cabin (2 meters x 1.80 meters) which was housing 3 rowers and the back cabin, which was housing 2 rowers plus some electronic equipment (i.e., autopilot, AIS (an electronic device that warn us about a ship that was going towards our direction), VHF, and batteries which were charged from the solar panels which were placed at the roof and sides of our cabins). Also, there was a desalination water maker (that equipment was converting seawater into drinking water). Finally, along each side of the rowing boat, there were 2 chambers (a total of 4 chambers) where we kept our food (dry food in plastic packages). The total food provisions were approximately 500 kg. The plastic packages were collected in green plastic bags; thus, we were environmentally friendly.

During the expedition, the first 3 days were very critical for me, considering the rough seas of the North Atlantic Ocean. I did take a lot of pills 2 days before departure and for the next 2 days to fight the seasickness. Overall, I did not face any problems from the very beginning. Also, it seems that I did an excellent job with my mental preparation. I achieved that by excluding everything and everybody that I suspected will impact me negatively with his/her negative energy. I did sleep on the wooden floor of my bedroom for 5 months and I did wake up every 2 hours to simulate my rowing schedule during my expedition. I did read a lot and I did spend some short time with a yogi and a psychologist in Piraeus Greece.

During the rowing expedition, I let nobody enter my private space and my mind. I was completely isolated from everything and everybody and yet very concentrated on my Atlantic crossing. The 5 rowers were divided into 2 teams. Team A with 3 rowers and team B with 2 rowers. Every team was rowing alternately. Row for 2 hours, and sleep for 2 hours, row for 2 hours, sleep for 2 hours, again and again with cold, rough seas, and high temperatures, never looked back but always forward. I did not use any motivational quotations to motivate myself during the expedition. I believe that people who use motivational quotes lack strength, and they cannot take care of their own shit. However, because I faced a lot of pains in my body from the surgery, or rib injuries (big waves threw me off my rowing sit), injured wrist, elbows, and hips because of the rough seas, I did use to repeat the following quote, by Lance Armstrong, for the first 15 days of my crossing: "Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year. But eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. Yet, if I quit, that it will last forever". Every injury or pain after the 15th day had no impact on my body or mind. I knew that it would pass, or I was fighting it with stronger rowing, therefore with more pain.

These types of expeditions require the participant to have a big ego, unlimited mental forces, extreme patience, inner strength, a strong body and be fearless. You should not have a fag attitude (meaning entitlement complex/everything should always go their way, victimhood complex/self-pity attitude, hypersensitivity, fear for failure, believing that nothing is your fault, getting angry when people disagree with you). Besides nature, you must deal with the nature of different human beings and believe that this is not an easy task in an 8-meter boat for 51 days.

Reaching the destination after 51 days and 18 hours I and my rowing colleagues achieved the following: I became the first Greek and the oldest (@66) man to row across the Atlantic Ocean from continent to continent. Madam Dolores Desclaveliere the oldest (@53) woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean. We broke the previous mixed crew record which was 68 days.

The overall expedition was for me a life experience and a life discovery (to be announced). I want to thank my co-rowers and madam Dolores Desclaveliere. Each one of them had his and her impact on me. 

I'd like to dedicate this success to the memory of my family.

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