(PIX11) — An adventurous couple from South Africa landed this week in New York City after rowing their way from Morocco to Manhattan.
Riaan Manser, a professional adventurer, and Vasti Geldenhuys, a lawyer, set sail nearly five months ago from the tip of Africa, all inspired by a conversation on a couch.
“She said to me, ‘I’d like to do something incredible. Let’s go to New York,’” Manser recalled.
And he agreed, but with one condition: “We go my way.”
That way was in a carbon fiber, state-of-the-art rowboat that was their home on the high seas for 74 days.
A dangerous capsizing, 1.8 million row strokes and a two-day-long silent treatment later, the couple of 14 years completed their goal.
Manser and Geldenhuys visited PIX11 News Tuesday to share their harrowing adventure. Listen to their story, above.AlertMe