Anyone who can paddle across the Atlantic ocean can surely beat you or I in arm wrestling...hands down! No pun intended. And paddling across the Atlantic is exacatly what Aleksander Doba did coming ashore in northeast Brazil Wednesday afternoon the 2nd of February 20100 after completing a transatlantic kayaking expedition that lasted almost 99 days and spanned 3,320 miles. And the guy is only 64 years old, so you know....! Thats correct, Doba is 64 years old and he KAYAKED across the Atlantic ocean. 3,320 miles.....99 days.....64 years old. I'll give it a minute to sink in.
Doba left last Oct. 26 from Dakar in west Africa, aboard a customized 23-foot sea kayak, which is only only 39 inches wide. This was his home for 98 days and 20 hours.
Three others have kayaked across the Atlantic: Franz Romer in 1928; Hannes Lindemann in 1956, and Peter Bray in 2001. But none of those expeditions was directly from continent to continent (they utilized offshore islands), and none of those paddlers was a senior citizen.
It's believed to have been the longest-ever solo-kayaking voyage, in terms of time spent at sea. He spent Wednesday afternoon and evening being checked by doctors and sleeping. On Thursday the 64-year-old Polish adventurer, thickly bearded and disheveled but appearing remarkably fit, told a small gathering in the remote fishing community of Acaraú, that after a little more rest he'd like to climb back in and paddle to the United States. From there he just wants to paddle until his arms fall completely off!!