Atlantic Rib Crossing
Adam Brennan (5th Year)
In 2016 a current Fifth year student, Adam Brennan will be embarking on an adventure of a lifetime to lead the first full Irish crew across the Atlantic Ocean, the most treacherous and unforgiving Ocean in the world. Starting in Cushendall Co. Antrim, the team will drive in shift patterns of 2 hours on 2 hours off until they reach New York, over 4,500 nautical miles away. They will be stopping in various ports along the way for fuel and three rest days during the 24 day challenge. The team will consist of four people who between them will have all the powerboat, VHF, medical and mechanical courses completed and will all have done many hours on the boat doing the Round Britain in 2014 and the Round Scotland in 2015.
The boat will be a heavily modified 11 meter boat with self-righting abilities, extended fuel tanks for a maximum range of up to 900 Nautical miles, full suspension seating for four people and extra storage for food and equipment. The boat will also be fitted with the latest navigation equipment and infrared cameras to ensure the safest possible crossing. Due to the long distance covered the team will need to use only one engine to ensure they will have enough fuel. Due to the weight of the three-and-a-half ton of diesel being carried at any one time they will need a 600hp engine to push them along at a speed of 20 knots. They will also need to carry a small 35hp auxiliary engine in case of emergency. Both engines will be linked up to a Surface drive for maximum efficiency and minimum maintenance.
Adam would love to answer any questions you have about the trip. Also, if anyone would like for a chance to sponsor this part of Irish history please email email@example.com