A love of the sea, travel and meeting people were the motivations for George Fairley to sail solo across the Atlantic.

Former British navy officer, Lieutenant Commander George Fairley, arrived on Irish shores after a 44 day crossing the Atlantic alone in his 23 foot yacht 'Dawn Star'.

During his journey across the Atlantic he faced gales and hurricane Faith. He says that the worst part of the trip was in a gale off the coast of Ireland when he and his boat were virtually turned upside down four times. The final gale of the journey blew him back about 55 miles delaying his landing on Irish shores by a few days.

Asked why he set out on such a challenging journey, Commander Fairley said,

I’ve always wanted to do this since I was a boy.

Now back on dry land, his boat is safely docked in Garnish Harbour, Castletownbere in County Cork.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 7 October 1966.