On Monday, May 14, Princeton Academy of the Sacred Heart was honored to welcome Oliver Crane (cousin to eighth grader Cason) to MS Assembly. Crane is the youngest person in history to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He spent 44 days rowing 3,000 miles as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. His epic journey across the Atlantic was made to benefit Oceana, the largest international advocacy organization focused solely on ocean conservation, and Homefront whose mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey by harnessing the caring, resources and expertise of the community.
Crane spoke with our students with profound humility. Here are some highlight quotes from Crane's presentation:
"When we get pushed to our limits, we have to remember that nothing lasts forever."
"Anytime you take yourself outside of your comfort zone, you become a better person."
"If anyone tells you that it's emasculating to cry, it's not true. It feels good to cry and I did a lot of it in my cabin."
"Planning, positivity and persistence... With those three things you can accomplish anything."
About the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge: The World's Toughest Row (in Crane's words pre-race): "It all started in 1966 when British Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway made history by becoming the first men to row the Atlantic. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 40 ft waves, and a near starvation diet. This historic row along with years of development in ocean going technology have set the stage for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3000-mile race across the Atlantic Ocean. I will spend 3 months rowing solo, unsupported, from The Canary Islands (the starting place of Columbus's initial voyage across the Atlantic in 1492) to Antigua. While I will be racing against a handful of other teams, made up of solo, pair, and fours boats from all over the world, after the start I will quickly be separated by hundreds of miles from any other humans. Just me, my boat, 3 months worth of dehydrated food, and a large poop bucket facing the elements."