Aleksander Doba is going to cross Atlantic ocean from East to West, from Africa to South America. On October 26th, 2010 he started expedition from Dakar (Senegal) and plan to finish in Fortaleza (Brazil).
To use power of sea currents the first part of the route is directed more to the south. After obtaining turning point (coordinates: 4 N, 22 W) he will change direction to the west. The second part of the challenge is expected to be easier since strong South Equatorial Current will be pushing kayak.
(Update: Strong east winds compensate drift caused by ocean currents, so Aleksander decided to change the route, and paddle directly to Fortaleza).
Total length of the route is estimated to be about 3300-3500 km (2100 miles). This should take Aleksander about 60 days of paddling.
Equatorial part of Atlantic ocean is rather smooth. Wave height should be around 2 meters (7 feet). This time of the year there shouldn't be strong and heavy storms. It should be hot and sunny.
Route of the expedition is unique in many aspects:
- It going to be the first direct (non-stop) transatlantic kayak connection between two continents in the history.
- It will be one of the longest kayak adventures in the history.
- Aleksander doesn't have any sailing or kites equipment. This will be pure paddling expedition.
|Ocean currents and the planned route of the Transatlantic|
|This part of the Atlantic is rather smooth. Wave height should be around 2 meters (7 feet).|