"Anything I've ever done that ultimately was worthwhile initially scared me to death". - Betty Bender
This is insane, but I feel really, really inspired. Ever since following Mick Bird's around the world rowing expedition, I have felt that this was something that I needed to do someday. 3000 solo miles across the Atlantic ocean by pedal boat should take from 45 to 100 days. It will be by far, the most difficult challenge I have ever considered.
And I say "considered" because I do not want to imply that after I complete my due diligence, I will feel like I have made an irreversible commitment to crossing an ocean if I feel that it would be unsafe. I have a family that kind of wants me to stick around for a while, and frankly, I wouldn't mind hanging around myself for a while longer. In other words, I'm not about to go and do something foolish and overly risky.
According to The Ocean Rowing Society, a total of 275 attempts to cross an ocean by rowing resulted in 6 deaths due to lost at sea and 99 failed attempts.
For comparison purposes, I converted the ocean rowing fatality data to fatalities per million hours of exposure and was able to find a list of other activities and the risks of death from Failure Analysis Associates, Inc. more details on that analysis here.
Fatalities per Million Exposure Hours:
Ocean rowing is slightly more dangerous than motorcycling and safer than general flying or skydiving.
Only 2 other expeditions in history have pedaled across the Atlantic ocean with a human powered boat. Stevie Smith and Jason Lewis with expedition360 on their circumnavigation of the earth expedition, and Dwight Collins who solo pedaled his human powered boat West to East across the northern Atlantic.
If I were to succeed, it would be the first solo East-West Atlantic ocean pedal boat crossing. The fastest human powered East-West Atlantic ocean crossing is 42 days, 17 hours by Emmanuel Coindre from France who rowed from Spain to Barbados . If we consider 'pure' human powered crossings, we would have to include rowing because it is purely human powered. So, I would have to beat 42 days, 17 hours to set a new 'human powered' trans Atlantic record.