Paddler Makes First Ever Atlantic Crossing In Sea KayakPosted on the 21 March 2011 by Kungfujedi @Kungfujedi
Yesterday our friend Jon Bowermaster, who happens to write for Gadling.com as well, posted a great story on that site about a paddler who completed the first ever crossing of the Atlantic in a sea kayak. The journey took just shy of 99 days to complete and covered 3352 miles.
Way back in October, Polish paddler Aleksander Doba set out from Dakar, Senegal with his sights set on arriving in Fortaleza, Brazil. Jon points out that that is a distance of just 2000 miles or so, if you travel in a straight line, but thanks to high winds, especially in the first two months, and drift from ocean currents, Doba wasn't able to travel in a straight line, or anything close to resembling such. Those high winds and currents helped to tack on the extra 1300+ miles of paddling.
Doba is no stranger to long distance paddle either. Amongst his other achievements in a kayak are a 2,600-mile paddle around the Baltic Sea in 1999, a 3,300 mile journey from Poland to Norway back in 2000 and a 1,200 mile circumnavigation of Lake Baikal that was completed just last year. Jon notes that the Pole paddles a 23-foot long sea kayak "with monster roll bars and a pair of flotation cabins at either end."
As if reading about Doba's accomplishments in a kayak weren't inspiring enough, he also happens to be 64-years old. Pretty impressive accomplishment at any age, and even more so after 60. I hope I can be anywhere close to that active when I'm that age.
Well done Aleksander!
These articles might interest you :
Remember the Equatoria expedition that I've mentioned a few times in recent months? It is the attempt by American explorer and scientist Julian Monroe Fisher... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Ah... spring time! When we all start to head outside once again and enjoy all the great outdoor activities that we missed during the long winter months. Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Belgian adventurer Louis-Philippe Loncke is preparing for his first kayak expedition, during which he'll cover more than 600km (373 miles) of rivers in his... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
The Winchell Trail along the Mississippi Rive gorge in south Minneapolis is a little-known trail that follows what is believed to be an old Indian trail. Read moreBy Homesmsp
The latest episode of the wonderful paddling webseries Currents, from Five2Nine Productions, sends a group of kayakers to California, where they find plenty of... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
It has been nearly five months since Sarah Outen set out on her London2London via The World expedition, so we're long over due for an update on her progress.... Read moreBy Kungfujedi
Freya Hoffmiester has embarked on her next big adventure, setting out from Buenos Aires on Tuesday to attempt a circumnavigation of South America by kayak. Read moreBy Kungfujedi
MOST POPULAR FROM OUTDOORS
- JMap 7 – More Powerful, Robust and Interoperable by T_mackinnon
- Video: How the U.S. National Parks Are Attempting to Lure More Minority Visitors by Kungfujedi
- Video: Chaco Presents: The Time Travelers - Chasing a Speed Record in the Grand Canyon by Kungfujedi
- Climb Everest in Virtual Reality on the Oculus Rift by Kungfujedi
MOST RECOMMENDED IN OUTDOORS
- Protests on Boston Common by Fopg
- A walk up the Plant Evolutionary Ladder … all the way to flowers by Hollis
- Three Trekkers to Walk the Length of the Great Himalaya Trail by Kungfujedi
- Ueli Steck Training in Nepal Ahead of Spring Everest-Lhotse Attempt by Kungfujedi