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Kayaker Doba in Washington to pick up NatGeo gong

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John Beauchamp 11.06.2015 11:27
Polish kayaker Aleksander Doba is in Washington to collect the title of the Adventurer of the Year which he received in an on-line vote from the readers of the National Geographic magazine.
Photo: PAP/Tytus Żmijewski Photo: PAP/Tytus Żmijewski

Doba was named the 2015 People’s Choice Adventurer for completing the longest open-water kayaking expedition across the Atlantic in history.

Now 68, Doba departed from Lisbon in October 2013 hoping to paddle 5,400 miles across the Atlantic’s widest point and arrive in Florida in mid-February 2014.

However, due to storms and equipment failure, he had to sail an additional 1,300 miles and finished his journey on 19 April.

The Pole is one of two people in the world to kayak across the Atlantic without a sail. No one had ever kayaked across open water for this many miles before his journey.

In May 2016, Doba is planning to repeat a transatlantic voyage, this time taking a more difficult route, from Manhattan to Lisbon. (mk/jb)

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