By Stan Fine
Dr. Hoff will row from Battery Park, New York City to the Isles of Scilly, England, in commemoration of daring seamen and adventurers George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen
On Sunday, May 15, 2016, 69-year-young Norwegian doctor Stein Hoff will row across the Atlantic Ocean, dropping oar in Battery Park and arriving at the Isles of Scilly, England. He will risk the treacherous solo journey over 3,000 miles in approximately 90 days, enduring low temperatures, strong winds and rough seas. If successful, Dr. Hoff will be the first Norwegian and oldest person to row alone to cross the ocean.
The attempt is steeped in honor to George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen, the two seaworthy adventurer explorers that first made the historic row in 1896. (See the story below and the online WestView News article “Courageous or Crazy? Two Men Cross the Atlantic in a Rowboat,” dated March 2015.)
Dr. Hoff will row 12-15 hours a day in his fiberglass 24-foot dory equipped with solar panels, a water converter, and freeze dried food. Safety equipment includes a life raft, survival suit, position transmitter, radio, and satellite phone. Updates and position will be posted daily on these websites: www.facebook.com/soloatlanticrow2016 and www.oceanrowing.com
Here is the incredible true story of two ordinary men who defied extraordinary odds and made history rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.
In 1896, two Norwegian immigrants, George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen struggled to make a living and support their families as clam diggers in New York City. Convinced to achieve The American Dream they had to do something extraordinary. They decided to be the first men to ever to row across the Atlantic Ocean. To family and friends, the notion was suicide. But to Harbo and Samuelsen, it was the chance of a lifetime. The book Daring the Sea chronicles their amazing adventure over 3,000 miles encountering harsh waves and weather. They spent 55 days battling hunger, exhaustion, and the merciless sea in an 18-foot boat before they reached England. It is a true tale of two unique explorer adventurers who tested their friendship and risked everything with their formidable will to make a dream of greatness come true.
Dr. Stein Hoff to Row Across the Atlantic Ocean Solo
By Stan Fine