There are more non-race sanctioned rowers out on different oceans than ever before. Much of the activity is happening in the Atlantic, but the Pacific and Indian oceans both have formidable challengers on them.
Bellini in the Med
Alex Bellini, is on his second attempt to cross the Atlantic, starting from Italy. Hes making progress, but continues to battle wind from all directions. Its hard to say exactly how much mileage hes made everyday, but if position indicators on his tracking website are any indicator, hes getting blown around in all directions.
Emmanuel Coindre is progressing towards the US, across the Pacific Ocean. Coindres trek is the longest of the classic ocean rowing routes. From Choshi Japan, Coindres starting point, its 5,091 miles to his destination of the Golden Gate Bridge in California. Coindre has been out over 100 days and has just under 1,600 miles to go.
Perseverance pays off
For weeks it looked like Leven Sinclair Brown could be pushed up onto shore any day, as he skirted the Gulf of Cadiz. After nearly a month, and already one re-start, Browns perseverance paid off and the winds became favorable, helping push him off land and onwards toward his goal.
Brown left Cadiz, Spain on August 14th, 2005, on his way towards Port Of Spain, Trinidad, some 3,862 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Out of the Gulf of Cadiz, Brown is making 40-50 miles a day, some days more as he rows towards South America.
Fabulous past 60
Pavel Rezvoy has been continuing his son, Teddys, row across the Indian Ocean. The senior Rezvoy, at age 67, is averaging over 60 miles a day, and has around 2,000 miles to go to his stated destination of Diego-Suarez, Madagascar. Pavel took over Teddys row at Cocos Islands, Keeling Islands, off the coast of Australia.
First Duo up
Heres the first duo out on the oceans right now. At the beginning of Ollies row, we saw two four-man teams tackle the Atlantic, now its Julie Wafei, and Colin Angus turn. Hailing from Canada, this row is a portion of Expedition Planet Earth the first circumnavigation of the planet using only human powered means. For updates, check their expedition website, as they dont have the typical ARGOS or other tracking units onboard their rowboat, and will be sending out updates (via sat phone) every couple of weeks.
Tim Harvey and Erden Eruc are on stand-by in Lisbon, Portugal, preparing for their duo attempt across the Atlantic Ocean East to West. The pair are on a boat formerly known as Carderdale/Kaos, and are headed for Miami, Florida, USA. As soon as favorable weather prevails, the two will set off across the Atlantic.
Tim was with Colin Angus when they rowed the Bering Sea on their way from Vancouver to Moscow portion of Expedition Planet Earth. Erden has been completing his own circumnavigation of the earth, called Around-N-Over.
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