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First Friday Lecture Shares Alum’s Journey across the Atlantic

March 29, 2017

What is it like to spend 40 days rowing across the Atlantic Ocean? Hear about it first-hand from Phillip Theodore ’89—who mastered this incredible journey—during the April First Friday Lecture.

Phillip Theodore ’89 rowed across the Atlantic Ocean through the 2015 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

Scheduled for Friday, April 7, the event begins with Mass at 9 a.m., followed by the lecture at 10 a.m., in the Cleary Family Auditorium in Kearney Hall.

One of the 40 teams competing in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, Theodore and his rowing partner, Daley Ervin, broke the United States record for the fastest row across the ocean. The rowers departed from Spain on Sunday, December 20, 2015, and though they underwent a year’s worth of training for the experience, nothing could prepare them for the challenges they would face—from capsizing to malnourishment. The effort paid off. The team landed in Antigua in 45 days, 9 hours, and 21 minutes, shattering the previous U.S. Pairs Division record by a week.

Read about Theodore’s Journey

During the lecture, Theodore will share details of his experiences on the Atlantic, and his efforts to use extreme sports as way to promote healthy living.

The First Friday Lecture Series, sponsored by the 1948 Society, is designed for individuals who are interested in hearing learned perspectives on a variety of topics from members of the St. John Fisher College and greater Rochester community. Parking is available in Lot S and shuttle service will be provided to and from the Welcome Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Register online for the lecture, or for more information, call Libby Pinti at (585) 385-7350 or email