By Tori Holmes, Paul Gleeson, Liam Gorman
That first day is tough. The arms start to cramp, drops of blood commence oozing via your fingertips . . . In 2003, Tori Holmes, a 21-year-old from Alberta, Canada, and Paul Gleeson, a 29-year-old monetary consultant from Limerick, eire, met in Australia while Holmes responded an advert to force the help motor vehicle for Gleesons 5,000-kilometre biking trek throughout that state. in the course of their first experience jointly, Gleeson fell not easy: either off his motorcycle and for the girl using the automobile. as soon as Australia was once in the back of them, it grew to become transparent that crossing a continent jointly used to be easily no longer adequate. performing on confident decision and an ever-growing experience of experience, Gleeson and Holmes embraced the dream of rowing a tiny boat around the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean within the 2005/06 Trans-Atlantic Race. in fact, neither of the younger adventurers knew the best way to row, so that they hooked up and knowledgeable with the one Irishmen ever to have accomplished a similar race, Eamonn and Peter Kavanagh. In November 2005, after months of educating, Paul and Tori left the Canary Islands to row 4,800 kilometres around the Atlantic. In February 2006, they accomplished their epic trip after 86 days of massive seas, violent storms, terrifying capsizes, insufferable thirst, strange hallucinations and sleep deprivation. alongside the best way, notwithstanding, in the course of one of many darkest moments within the race, proposal got here within the type of an unseen, but thoroughly perceptible, presence. outdated seafaring lore has a number of theories as to what this could were, yet either adventurers are retaining their minds open on it. half inspirational event tale, half travelogue and half romance, Crossing the Swell is a good and intimate portrayal of what it takes to really interact within the many adventures that existence has to supply.