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1st Irish woman sails solo across the Atlantic

February 25th, 2022

Dr. Karen Weekes received a warm Barbadian welcome after she completed the grueling three thousand mile journey from the Canaries to Barbados last night in her row boat.

The 55 year old sports psychologist from Ireland was greeted by Sports Minister Charles Griffith along with friends, family and well wishers who assembled at the Bridgetown Shallow Draught before seven o’ clock.

Dr. Weekes took on the challenge for two charities, the Laura Lynn Foundation and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

She has never shied-away from adventure, having already sailed the Atlantic twice, circumnavigated both Ireland and the Lofoten Islands off Norway in a kayak, and has cycled solo and unsupported four thousand miles across Canada.

The feat puts her in the history books as the first Irish woman to have rowed solo across the Atlantic.

Dr. Weekes also explained how physically demanding the journey was.

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