Olly Hicks has spent 2.5% of his life alone at sea in a rowing boat. He is the only person who has managed to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, from the USA to England. And after 124 days at sea, the youngest to have rowed any ocean solo (at the time).
He was also the first to have rowed across the Tasman Sea from Tasmania to New Zealand, through 96 days, alone on the notoriously wild Southern Ocean.
And last year Olly and George Bullard covered 1,200 miles, in 6 weeks, rowing from Greenland to Scotland.
I caught up with the man in a Mayfair coffee shop (a million miles from where he is most comfortable) to discuss mental strength, watches and rowing around the world. It’s fair to say I left the exchange inspired. Not only is Olly a mad man, he is a true gentleman.