“Polish adventure kayaker Aleksander Doba has arrived in Bermuda where he will make repairs to his broken rudder before continuing on to Florida in an attempt to become the first person to kayak solo from Europe to North America,” according to Cooper Stevenson.
“After rowing to the island unassisted, Doba, a retired engineer, made landfall in Ely’s Harbour early yesterday morning and was then towed by marine assistance company, Sea Assist to Ordnance Island, St. George to pass customs.”
Making it to shore “unassisted” is a crucial factor for Mr. Doba. In order to achieve his goal of making a solo transatlantic voyage Doba has to complete the 5,400-mile journey under his own power.
According to Doba’s friend Piotr Chmielinski, “Despite receiving some assistance the record bid might still be intact.”
Doba refused help several times even after breaking his rudder. In January 2014, Doba declined offers of assistance from the United States Coast Guard. At that time, he was approximately 220-miles from Bermuda.
Despite all the setbacks, Aleksander Doba remains in “good spirits” according to Stevenson.
Doba is also philosophical about his journey and the troubles he encountered.
‘Life is interesting and life is short and I want to know as much of the world as I can. One of the tools I have is a kayak, and that is the way that I enjoy the world.”