Atlantic row ‘the hardest thing I’ve ever done’

Johnny Ward is part of a four-man rowing team that has crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a single boat. The travel blogger is originally from Kilkeel in County Down and took on the challenge to raise awareness about mental health. The trip dubbed The Atlantic Dash, was a 3,200 mile journey from Lanzarote to Antigua. Johnny’s crewmates were Billy Taylor, Martin Heseltine and BBC TV chef Dirty Vegan Matt Pritchard. They initially set off from Lanzarote on 6 March, but the journey had to restart from Fuerteventura a week later because of seat problems. They crossed the finish line on Sunday 2 May . The four men could undertake the voyage as Covid rules allow charity events. They were raising money Dean Farm Trust and men's mental health charity Humen.