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Stranded kayaker needs a lift

Polish adventurer Aleksander Doba is still in need of a boat to take him and his kayak ‘OLO' 300 miles south of Bermuda to the point where he was blown off his original course.

There was hope the recently-arrived sail-training vessel Tres Hombres would be able to assist Mr Doba but with light winds expected to prevail for most of the week, Captain Lammert Osinga said the trip would not be possible as it would throw the ship off-schedule.

“I really hope for Olek there will be a solution soon,” said Mr Osinga.

Mr Doba left Portugal in October last year in a bid to become the first man to kayak solo across the Atlantic from Europe to North America, but was forced to paddle towards Bermuda in order to make repairs to his kayak's rudder, which had broken after a month of storms pushed Mr Doba north and away from his intended path toward Florida.

In order to restart his solo trans-Atlantic trek, Mr Doba must get back on his originally charted course, some 300 miles south, hopefully nullifying any assistance he received in Bermuda that might invalidate his record attempt.

Anyone willing to help Mr Doba is encouraged to e-mail Cooper Stevenson at cstevenson@royalgazette.bm

Polish kayaker Aleksander Doba arrived in Bermuda yesterday after four months at sea, 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. (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published March 04, 2014 at 8:00 am (Updated March 03, 2014 at 10:55 pm)

Stranded kayaker needs a lift

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