John arrived in Cairns after 209 days at sea, this makes him the first person to row, solo, non stop, continent to continent from North America to Australia.
The closest any solo rower has come to completing this journey came in 1983 when, after 294 days at sea, Peter Bird was rescued by the Australian Navy in the Coral Sea off the Great Barrier Reef. The Ocean Rowing Society say Peters amazing achievement was a completed row to Australia. However they state when queried that he successfully reached Australian territorial waters and that counts as complete. John Made it to land which distinguishes his row as a first. (Peter is the only other solo rower to get across the equator after departing from North America).
Read Peters story on the ORS.
A handful of other solo crossings have been made, some taking three seasons to complete, but none have been continuous without stops.
Mick Bird, between 1997 and 1999 (finished in Cairns)
Erden Eruc, between 2007 and 2009 (Finish at Thursday Island)
Ralph Rurpin, Between 2008 and 2009 (Finished in Papua New Guinea)
Roz Savage, Between 2008 and 2010 (Finished in Papua New Guinea)
There have also been three crossings from South America, these rows are a completely different challenge, being confined to the southern hemisphere making them a trade winds route. While slightly longer they are technically much easier to complete than the bi hemispheric row that has to pass through the Inter Tropical Convergence zone.
Jim Shekhdar 2000 (Finished on North Stradbrooke Island)
Serge Jandaud 2010/2011(finished in Vanuatu)
Fedor Konyukov 2013 (Finished in Mooloobala).