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Septuagenarian kayaker on transatlantic trip: 'I will not give up'

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Roberto Galea 03.06.2017 12:48
Seventy-year-old kayaker Aleksander Doba has said he will not give up an attempt at a third solo trip across the Atlantic, despite problems out at sea.
Aleksander Doba during the current attempt. Photo: aleksanderdoba.plAleksander Doba during the current attempt. Photo: aleksanderdoba.pl

“Frustration is mounting, but I will not give up,” Doba said after leaving New Jersey, on the eastern coast of the US on 16 May.

“I am sailing in circles like in the Bermuda Triangle, and am still in New York Bay,” he said.

Doba is currently attempting a third solo self-powered crossing across the Atlantic. He managed the feat in 2010 and again in 2013.

Piotr Chmieliński, the coordinator of the trip, wrote in a blog post that it is not a coincidence that Doba mentioned the Bermuda Triangle.

“This was in this area of the ocean during the second transatlantic expedition where he was stuck for over a month, unable to continue his course to the US coast,” Chmieliński wrote.

This time round, Doba has already covered 380 nautical miles, but is actually 100 nautical miles away from the coast.

“It's like [he] is going three steps forward and two back, or even two steps forward and three back,” Chmieliński wrote.

In 2016, Doba called off a similar trip after his kayak capsized in open water. (rg)

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