Aleksander Doba Completes His Third Atlantic Crossing in a Kayak

Aleksander ‘Olek’ Doba says a final goodbye to his wife before departing the Liberty Yacht Club, New Jersey. Olek had to leave at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016. Photo/David Jackson

Aleksander ‘Olek’ Doba on Sunday finished an unprecedented third Atlantic crossing by kayak, arriving just one week before his 71st birthday. The Polish adventurer had crossed the ocean twice before, from Senegal to Brazil in 2010-11 and from Portugal to Florida in 2013-14, but this was his most difficult journey yet, both physically and mentally.

His departure was delayed nearly a year after winds drove him ashore near the mouth of New York Harbor in May 2016, seriously damaging the 23-foot, 1,500-pound oceangoing kayak he fondly calls Olo. Doba and his team repaired the vessel and tried again. His second attempt ended after four days, when gale-force winds forced him to seek refuge in Barnegat Inlet at the north end of Long Beach Island, New Jersey. The third time proved the charm, thanks perhaps to an offering of whiskey Doba made to his mythical doppelganger, King Neptune.

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