A lively sendoff for one of the bravest solo adventurers to appear at the Explorers Club, the indomitable Aleksander Doba, 69, who has taken on the mighty Atlantic solo from Africa to South America and from Lisbon to Florida in his expanded design kayak Olo and having lived to tell about it despite losing his rudder, drinking water machine engine and satellite phone link en route to Florida and paddling in a huge circle for 47 days until contact was reestablished and the rudder replaced on his 150 day trip, now is determined to cross back to Lisbon from New York’s Liberty Island at a higher, colder and more stormy latitude, and on this sunny afternoon briefed a packed Polish audience on his plans and his adventures to date, with slides of his last voyage including the huge sea turtle he made friends with by stroking its back with his paddle, while being translated and egged on by his fellow explorer and manager Piotr, and demonstrating that his emotional state was already very wound up by having a short bout of indignation at being interrupted, a tantrum that indicated that despite his claim that the sea was generally easier to deal with than people, he was a man of emotional passion whose determination was fuel powerful enough to conquer cold Northern waves of up to thirty feet in height, which are in prospect over the next three months now that having christened the Olo with champagne and cheers on the East Side of Manhattan he finally set off Sunday from the shore of Liberty Island’s rocky Eastern edge, and from New Jersey after the crowd gave him another round of cheers as sendoff could be seen a mile away with kayaks escorting him as well as two large yachts still paddling towards the Verrazano-Narrows bridge in the afternoon sun of Memorial Day and Fleet Week celebrations, sending all of us who would be worried about his welfare for the next hundred days to his Facebook page daily to check on his progress, only to find that he was tossed and overturned by two huge and heavy waves even before clearing America, and with his kayak damaged gave up his journey as impractical only a day or so later, but vowing to succeed in time for his next birthday, at 71.
The Explorers Club FN’98
First to paddle the entire length of the Amazon River
Is honored to invite you to join
Aleksander “Olek” Doba
69 years “young” National Geographic’s People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year 2015 Winner of Canoe & Kayak’s Magazine 2014 Expedition of the Year
for the Launch of his 3rd Transatlantic Solo Kayak Expedition
from New York, USA to Lisbon, Portugal
BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT!
DON’T MISS THIS UNIQUE OCCASION TO CROSS THE ATLANTIC WITHOUT LEAVING NYC!
At The Explorers Club 46 E 70th Street New York, NY 10021
this Saturday May 28th, 2016 at 4 pm with the kayak OLO
On May 29, 2016 at 1:07 pm Aleksander Doba will launch his kayak “OLO” from the New York Liberty Landing Marina on the Hudson River, to the Statue of Liberty where he will turn east, in his quest to reach Europe.
Why at 1:07pm? Due to the ocean tides, early afternoon is the best time to start. Basing on his previous expeditions, Olek’s travel time is measured somewhat differently than commonly accepted. The first day begins at the exact time of launch (1:07pm) therefore the full hour count shifts by seven minutes.
Unlike his two previous transatlantic kayak expeditions, this time “Olek” will paddle eastward, from the US east coast to end in a place already familiar to him, the outpost of many great travelers and explorers, Belem, the famous harbor district of Lisbon, Portugal. This way he intends to complete his Atlantic expeditions closing the loop leading from the east to the west and back, by travelling again to the east and arriving in time for his birthday in September..
“From the beginning I always wanted to complete my transatlantic adventure in three expeditions. The first one, from Africa to South America, then from South America to North America, and finally, the third expedition, from North America to Europe” – says Aleksander Doba.
About Aleksander Doba:
Aleksander “Olek” Doba
Facebook Page Olo (name of kayak) Doba
National Geographic Adventurers of the Year – Aleksander Doba People’s Choice
About Piotr Chmielinski:
The Amazon by Kayak from Glacier to Sea
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Have questions about Aleksander Doba – TransAtlantic Solo Kayak Expedition? Contact Piotr Chmielinski
30 years go, 1985-86, Piotr Chmielinski became the first person to complete the entire distance of the Amazon, source to sea, by kayak and raft.
Piotr hit his first river during university years back home in Poland in 1974. Two years later he co-organized student trips to Yugoslavia which in 1979 led to Expedition Canoandes, from USA to Argentina, making him the first person to kayak Colca Canyon, the world’s deepest canyon.
Alongside the adventures came the political challenges of the time: In the 1980’s Piotr became persona non grata in his home country and stateless in the world.
Today he lives in Herndon, VA, with his wife Dr. Joanna Chmielinska, a researcher at the George Washington University Medical School: “We have two sons, Maximilian, GPrep-2009, currently a graduate student at the University of Washington, Seattle, WA and Alexander, GPrep-2015, currently an undergrad student at the University of Virginia.”
Over the years, Amazon kayakers and Polish explorers have knocked on Piotr’s door for assistance and advice. In 1983 Chmielinski established Canoandes Inc., a non-for-profit organization through which he supports other expeditions (e.g. Aleksander Doba’s Atlantic crossings and now coordinating media coverage for the Biking the Amazon River Expedition).
When not busy mentoring adventurers, Chmielinski is President of HP Environmental, Inc. since 1991, dealing with indoor and outdoor environmental issues, e.g. evaluating hazards in Ground Zero after the September 11, 2001 attack. Currently his company oversees enviromental issues during renovations of the Capitol Dome in Washington, DC