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70-Year-Old Kayaker Crosses Atlantic, Keeps Going

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The last time we checked in on serial transatlantic kayaker Alexander ‘Olek’ Doba, the 70-year-‘young’ Polish adventurer was in a bad spot. After two false starts, he finally escaped the gravitational pull of New York City on May 16, only to be blown in circles for three frustrating weeks. Then, as Doba slept through a Force-8 gale in the tiny cabin of his 23-foot oceangoing kayak, the vessel’s rudder became fouled in the rigging of his sea anchor and was damaged beyond repair . Doba was more than 400 miles from the nearest land and though he was in no immediate danger, the kayak was impossible to maneuver. He was weeks behind schedule, with the European storm season fast approaching and more than 2,300 nautical miles still to paddle to his planned destination of Lisbon, Portugal. Worse than all of that, the Pole's famous resolve was fading. Doba already had...
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