The weekend is almost upon us, and we reckon a treat is in order for all our hard work this week (okay fine, just ‘work’ then).

Getting us through the long Friday afternoon is intrepid explorer and Attitude’s August issue cover star, Gavan Hennigan, who made waves earlier his year when he completed a solo 3000-mile journey across the Atlantic in just 49 days – setting a new International Solo Row Course record and Irish Solo Atlantic Row Record in the process.

In Attitude’s August issue – available to download and in shops now – Gavan reveals how a the emotional scars of growing up gay in Galway in the late Nineties led him into a crippling cycle of low self-esteem and drug addiction which eventually led to a attempt to take his own life.

The 36-year-old adventurer also opens up about his attraction to older men, revealing how his love of gents of a certain age made him feel like a “freak” in his younger years.

The 12-page spread also plenty of stunning pictures of Gav to enjoy, and we thought we’d treat ourselves to an exclusive peek at one of them now. So without further ado…

Almost enough to row across an ocean for, isn’t it?

Check out Gavan Hennigan’s full shoot and interview in the August issue of Attitude – out now. Buy in printsubscribe or download.

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