Texas Crew alum, David Alviar, and his team American Oarsman rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. Last night, they landed safely and became the first American trio to complete the race! The Alcalde article can be found here. Below are some photos and a note from David himself!
"49 days at sea is a LONG time; in fact, it was so long, that I really lost track of time out there. Across over 3,000miles of open ocean, we rowed and rowed and rowed. Our boat, Anne, was technically a double scull, but with none of the speed a Texas Crew racing shell would enjoy. With the three of us, we loaded her down to nearly 3,000 lbs… it was like erging with a damper set at 50 whenever the wind and waves weren’t cooperating. I love every moment of it: the freezing storms, the lightning at night, the still days that brought us dolphin and whale visits, and even the hungry days where we had to ration some food and save on energy to keep our systems running with a lack of sunlight. The race ended in the best way possible; I proposed to Stanley Lewis, fellow Texas Crew rower, and 10-year long friend. Texas Crew fueled me in that, and that’s an understatement. If it weren’t for my coaches—Jeff, Bob, Falesha, especially—I never would have wanted to do it, been capable of doing it, or enjoyed doing it. This Atlantic row represented 3 years of continuous effort, and it’s amazing to feel the accomplishment of being the first-ever triple to row the Atlantic (not to mention first-ever Texans). Hope to see you around on the water Texas Crew… it’s time for me to return to “proper” rowing again. For those of you just getting started with Texas Crew, you have no idea how envious I am of your journey… it’s really been the catalyst to everything I’ve done ever after and will continue to be. Enjoy those years on the water."
-David Alviar, Texas Crew 152