Liu Yong, professor of Sichuan Tourism University's Mountain Tourism Research Institute, along with a group of French companions, successfully arrived at Guadeloupe, completing their transatlantic journey by rowing without any power assistance or backups.
The boat, dubbed the “Oarsman”, set sail from the Canary Islands of Spain on January 30, 2023. Divided into two groups, they worked in shifts to row non-stop for 54 days and 23 hours, covering a total of 5,239 kilometers, with each person rowing an average of more than 600,000 times.
During the journey, the team encountered a series of difficulties, including 25 knots of strong winds and even headwinds, as well as severe seasickness.
Liu believes that life itself is an adventure. Liu thought a lot during the past two months and found out his answer about the truth of life. He said: "It is you that chooses to paddle into the abyss of misery. If you want to get out, you have to paddle out on yourself. It is a matter of personal choice."