A 72-year-old UK man has completed a solo trans-Atlantic rowing trip in 96 days

Graham Walters has now rowed across the Atlantic five times -- three of them solo.

(CNN)A 72-year-old rower has finished a solo trans-Atlantic crossing he started at the end of January -- well before the coronavirus outbreak had spread around the globe.

Graham Walters set off from the Spanish island of Gran Canaria on January 25 and arrived in Antigua on Wednesday, a journey that took 96 days.
Walters now holds three world records: Oldest person to row across the Atlantic solo; oldest person to row across any ocean solo; and the oldest person to row across the same ocean multiple times, a spokeswoman for Guinness World Records told CNN Thursday.
    Walters was 72 years and 192 days old when he completed the feat, beating Frenchman Gerard Marie, who was 66 when he rowed across the Atlantic in 2015.
    Walters had to contend with some difficulties along the way.
    Graham Walters pushes off from a dock in his rowboat.
    "At the start of the crossing, the weather was cold and wet and miserable so my spirits got quite low, but once the sun came out when I got to the Atlantic everything was fine," he told CNN in a statement.
    But the weather did cause some problems later on.
    Walters had to get towed toward the end of his trip by the Coast Guard after fighting against strong winds that were blowing him in the opposite direction of his destination. Having aimed for Antigua's English Harbour, Walters realized he was going to miss the line.
    "As I was at such a critical point, I had to face the fact that if I didn't take up their offer then I would miss Antigua," he said. "But I'm delighted to have arrived and it was great to have such a fantastic welcome."
    Having been in open water since January 25, Walters has also missed much of the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. When his wife updated him on how badly things had gotten -- with many dying or out of work -- he was shocked.
    "Nothing like this has ever happened in our lifetime so it's been hard to imagine what kind of world I would be returning to," he said.
    Walters poses with his boat before setting off to break the record.
    Now that he's landed in Antigua, he's been wearing and mask, and there are restrictions, he said.
    "And of course, no one could give me a hug or a pat on the back when I arrived. But so far, so good. I guess things may be different when I return to the UK," he said.
    Walters has now rowed the Atlantic five times -- three times solo and twice in two-person boats -- and recently rowed from the source of the River Thames to the sea.
    This was Walters' last crossing before hanging up his oars, having rowed the Atlantic alone to raise funds for UK military veterans charity Help for Heroes.