John completed his solo circumnavigation in June 2012 after 72 days away, the first time the 80 day barrier had been broken. John's attempt was unusual in that he paddled a kayak designed by himself, the Rockpool Taran. At 72 days, 1770 nm and 875,000 paddle strokes (approx!) unsurprisingly this was John's longest trip yet. John also holds a number of sea kayaking records including the fastest crossing of the Irish Sea.