Unusual ocean crossings

Unusual Ocean Crossings

This really puts my somewhat pedestrian human powered Atlantic crossing objective into perspective. If you think crossing an ocean with a row boat or pedal boat is crazy, then check out what these guys have done!

Benoit Lecomte SWAM across the Atlantic in 1998

On 16 July 1998, Texan Benoit Lecomte set out from Cape Cod to swim across the Atlantic ocean. He was accompanied by a 40 foot sailboat and swam in an electrically protected cage. He swam 6 to 8 hours a day and used the crawl stroke, switching occasionally to a mono fin and using an undulating dolphin kick to carry him over the 5600 km. 72 days later, on September 28, he swam ashore at Quiberon, France.

His web site: is no longer active, but I found these links:


Ed Gillette paddled a kayak solo 2200 miles from California to Hawaii in 1987

64 days - ouch! Bad weather and he almost starved, but he made it.

His crossing was in ancient times, so he doesn't have a web site, but I found a couple of stories about Ed's crossing here:

Canoe & Kayak magazine article


Peter Bray paddled a kayak solo 3000 miles across the North Atlantic in 2001

After a failed attempt in 2000, Peter Bray became the first man in history to kayak across the Atlantic ocean. It took him 76 days (ouch again!) And he wrote a book about his adventure:

Paddler magazine article

Peter Bray's web site


Raphaela Le Gouvello solo windsurfed across the 3900 mile Indian Ocean in 2006

This 45 year old veterinarian single handedly windsurfed her specially designed live-a-board wind surf board 3900 miles from Australia to Reunion Island in 60 days. And if that isn't enough, Raphaela also windsurfed across the Atlantic ocean in 2000, the Mediterranean sea in 2002 and the Pacific ocean in 2003!!

Raphaela's web site


Anne Quemere solo wind kited across the North Atlantic in 2006

In June of 2006, Anne Quemere became the first person to wind kite across an ocean. But before she did that, she solo rowed the Atlantic in 2003, and then the North Atlantic in 2004. Wow.

Anne Quemere's web site


Jason Lewis and Stevie Smith's human powered Atlantic, and Pacific ocean crossings

This list would be incomplete if I did not included Jason Lewis and Stevie Smith's historic around the world by pedal power expedition. On board their pedal powered boat Moksha, Jason and Stevie pedaled across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans starting in Currently, Jason is3/4 of the way around the globe.

Stevies book: Pedaling to Hawaii


Dwight Collins pedaled his human powered boat across the North Atlantic in 1992

It took Dwight only 40 days which still stands as a solo human powered trans Atlantic record. He did it by pedaling an average of 19.5 hours per day. There is very little information available on Dwights crossing, and I am doing some research to see if I can dig up some details. I think it is very pertinent to what I am attempting to do, as it is the fastest W to E Atlantic human powered Atlantic crossing in history - even including the rowed crossings. Dwight deserves his due recognition for that accomplishment.

Axax news (second photo) (first photo)


Ken-ichi Horie pedaled his human powered boat "Malts Mermaid" across the Pacific from Hawaii to Japan

Kenichi Horie, a 60-year-old sailor from Osaka, Japan, pedaled Malts Mermaid from Honolulu to Kenoshi, Japan. There is very little information available on Kenichi's crossing, but I did find some info on a solar boat Pacific crossing in 1996 that took him 138 days!

solar boat crossing


"The Son of Town Hall" - a scrap raft built from the streets of New York junk crosses the Atlantic ocean

In 1998, Papa and Aurelia Neutrino sailed from Newfoundland to Ireland in 60 days aboard their raft made from junk salvaged from the streets of New York city.

The whole story here


"Tangora" - a Norwegian copy of the famous Kon-tiki raft voyage across the Pacific

Following the footsteps of Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl and his Kon-Tiki expedition, the Tangaroa raft left port in Peru April 28, 2006 on its long journey across the Pacific Ocean to Tahiti. Heyerdahl crossed the worlds largest ocean on his balsa wood raft in 1947, and the Tangaroa's crew of six men, including Heyerdahl's grandson, explored the same route.

The Tangoroa Blog is here, but it's difficult to follow due ti multiple language translations


Atlantic crossing in a boat make of popsicle sticks

This isn't human powered, but It's kind of neat. Rob McDonald, a former Hollywood stunt man now living in the Netherlands launched his greatest project recently: a 45-foot replica Viking ship made of 15 million wooden popsicle sticks and more than a ton of glue. His route is the long way across the Atlantic - from Europe to Greenland to Northern Canada and south along the North American coast to Florida. He is scheduled to leave soon.

There is some additional information on the expedition at the site of his sponsor


4 Responses to “Unusual ocean crossings”

  1. # Blogger Nico

    This is quite crazy stuff. Inspirational!  

  2. # Blogger OldGreyWolf

    Oh ya, these are prime examples of folks that are out there.

    I come across folks all the time that say "Why would someone want to do something like that"? I've gone through the efforts of trying to explain to them what would possess a person to do such a thing and would mostly get a funny look in response.

    There are some things that are just not explainable I guess and unless you are one that lives for the next wave, the next minuscule ledge, or maybe the feeling you get when you drop exhausted to the ground and are asleep before you hit the soil only to be awakened by an internal clock inside that tells you that no matter how much you regret that you slept kneeling with your forehead against the ground, and maybe should I have taken a moment more to stretch out my legs and let the blood flow freely I would have been less cramped as I grabbed my meager eats and a quick chug of delicious water. I'm at a pretty good pace already and only a brief moment has passed, I could feel the adrenalin start to flow and with the cool misty air that is filling my lungs the mixture is like nitrous and I go for a large enough bush and clear it with ease. Hmm, I guess sleeping on my knees wasn't so bad after all. with a big grin on my mug, I'm Gone.

    Yes sir nico, Inspirational to say the least. Greg also said it Large.
    Live life well and live it to the fullest. Once around on this ride is all we get!

    I was busted up about 2 1/2 yrs ago on the job and have some major issues with my body not doing what I would like it to do. I keep getting reminded with not so subtle pain and relapses that I should not be adding the free flowing adrenaline to the morphine patches and little blue top up pill thingies I'm shackled to.

    I Swear that if someone sponsored me with a boat and some funds I'd be in it this spring peddling for the opposite shore. I'm going bonkers here feeling useless pain and no gain. I admire these athletes and there determination to achieve there goals. There achievements are fulfilling to themselves but are a huge catalyst to others in these times.

    The high tech age we are living in is sharing the adventurous journeys with millions of folks and therefore inspiring so many more to be a little more like there Heroes. We could only love these brave souls for wanting to brave the Atlantic on a lonely journey to also promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage people to venture off of there couches and discover and explore this magnificent playground mother nature is beckoning us too. Our planet is a marvel to discover and although nature can be a bit harsh at times, people are forgetting how much fun a downpour could be if one is in the right frame of mind.

    So as Greg is beckoned to his destiny and is graciously sharing it with us, lets make him proud and trade in the donuts for some trail mix and a good pair of shoes. A great start to discovering who we really are and enjoying the planet the way we were meant to. It's there, It's ours and it's free. Get Some.

    Godspeed Greg. Get Some!  

  3. # Blogger Adventures of Greg

    old grey wolf: I found your comment very inspirational and encouraging. Thankyou.


  4. # Anonymous patrick

    I am a 62 year old man. My son is 25years old we are crosssing the pacific this next year in a two man kayak. Someday I will be old and I don't want to recreat not doing it. Patrick Richardson, San Diego, Ca.  

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