Aleksander Doba, 68 years old is the first to complete the longest open-water kayaking expedition across the Atlantic. He started in Lisbon, Portugal on October 5th, 2013 and the goal was to arrive in Florida sailing 5,400 nautial miles.
During the expedition storms threw him off course and he had to sail 1,300 additional nautical miles to finally reach Florida in April, 2014. Surrounded by marine wildlife, from fish and dolphins to turtles, whales, and sharks he was sailing in his 23-foot kayak using only his muscles to track a total of 7,716 miles. No one had ever kayaked across open water so many miles before.
Doba rode through 30-foot waves, he struggled many times with strong and unfavorable winds, sailed an average of 30 miles a day, also paddling at night and never slept more than six hours a day. For this adventure he was nominated to the Adventure of the Year 2014 Award by National Geographic. Competing with many great athletes, he won the price with more than 521,000 votes!
This was not Doba’s first transatlantic crossing. In 2010, Doba spent 99 days on the First Transatlantic Kayak Expedition paddling 3,400 nautical miles across one of the most narrow points of the Atlantic, between Dakar, Senegal, and Acarau in Brazil.
We are proud that Aleksander Doba decided to choose LYOFOOD meals and eat them during both amazing adventures.