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Professional sailor Adam Pereira has arrived at the Statue of Liberty becoming the first person with Type 1 diabetes to complete a transatlantic crossing on his own.

After 7 long weeks at sea and battling strong winds, 49-year-old Adam has sailed a total distance of 3,500 miles to New York. He dropped anchor off Liberty Island on Saturday (5th August) at 07:29 in the morning.

A truly unique challenge, Adam set off for New York from the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes on Saturday 17th June to fundraise for Diabetes UK as part of Diabetes Week. After reaching the New York coast Adam is now heading straight back home to complete his trip and hopes to arrive in Cowes by early September.

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Diabetes UK is the leading charitable funder of diabetes research in the UK, investing around £7 million every year to bring about life-changing breakthroughs in care, treatment and prevention, ultimately bringing us closer to a cure.

Adam was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was 33. He said:

“It’s been tough, lots of light airs for the last 1000 miles. Mostly head winds accounted for the zig zag route.

“Almost 2 months at sea by myself has been mentally challenging as has a daily diet of rice and veg! Because I have Type 1 diabetes, getting a quick energy fix is paramount for me so my mum’s famous fruit cakes have really kept me going. She made 12 in all so I’m well stocked!

“There have been some memorable moments too, like the time a dolphin was swimming just beside the boat. Most people raised their eyebrows when I told them what I was planning to do so that first view of the New York skyline and the Statue of Liberty was surreal. Just a wow moment I’ll always cherish.

“Thank you to friends, family, Jeff MacFarlane in New York, the Royal London Yacht Club and Diabetes UK who have made this possible. I really appreciate people’s support and look forward to crossing the London Line on my return to Cowes. Can’t wait to get home and give everyone a big hug”.

Charlotte Harrison-Webb, Regional Fundraiser for Diabetes UK in the South East said:

“Adam is one of a kind. He’s amazing. No-one with Type 1 diabetes has ever sailed single-handed across the Atlantic. His achievement is just brilliant. So many weeks at sea, enduring all types of adverse weather and tricky sailing conditions – what a hero. Everyone at Diabetes UK is in awe of him.”

Adam’s target is to raise £10,000 for Diabetes UK. You can sponsor Adam on his ocean adventure at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Adam-Pereira.

Adam’s progress can be tracked on this link http://yb.tl/apdt2017

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