Salt, Sweat, Tears

Salt, Sweat, Tears

The Men Who Rowed the Oceans

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Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780143126669
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Books
  • Adult


A riveting first-person account and history of rowers who have attempted to navigate across the Atlantic

More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic. For more than seventy days, Adam Rackley and his rowing partner ate, slept and rowed in a boat seven meters long by two meters wide, in one of the world’s most extreme environments. This is his story of adventure, endurance, and self-discovery.

They were following in the wake of pioneers. In 1896 George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, a pair of Norwegian fisherman, crossed the 2,500 miles in a wooden fishing dory––and their record stood for 114 years. John Fairfax, a smuggler, a gambler, and a shark hunter, was the first to complete the feat singlehandedly in 1969. Others have followed; some have not survived the attempt. This is their story, too.
Salt, Sweat, Tears

Salt, Sweat, Tears

Written by: Adam Rackley


“Straightforward and engaging- relentless as the sharks encountered.” – Sports Illustrated

‘Incredible true stories from the limits of endurance, written by a man who’s been there’

Sir Ranulph Fiennes, author and adventurer

‘”Rackley writes with brutal candor and a storyteller’s flair – providing readers memorable on-board views of a world most will ever see.” – Publishers Weekly

“Told in an earnest and captivating style, first-time author Rackley will delight both armchair enthusiasts and real-life adventurers when they discover another sport for their dreams.” - Library Journal

‘We need the people who climb mountains, cross oceans, voyage to the moon, to tell us who we are.  Adam Rackley is one of the very few who has both the literary skill and the sensory intelligence to make the rest of us understand what exactly is out there, and why. In this gripping and superior book he is both seaman and historian, telling the story of his own voyage and the rowers who have gone before him’

Peter Nichols, author of A Voyage for Madmen




Adam Rackley’s Salt, Sweat, Tears: The Men Who Rowed the Oceans continues to get amazing media attention since it went on sale as a Penguin paperback original on September 30. Sports Illustrated called… Read more >