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Doba’s kayak suffers severe damage

Polish adventure-kayaker Aleksander Doba has suffered more setbacks in his quest to become the first man to cross the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to North America in a kayak, but despite “significant damage” to his vessel he is forging on.

After three days at sea, the Spirit of Bermuda, carrying the kayak, reached the point where Mr Doba had to abandon his crossing due to broken rudder, more than 300 miles south of the Island.

But shortly after he and his kayak ‘OLO' had been safely lowered into the ocean, a large swell broadsided the three-masted sloop, causing it to roll on top of the kayak.

The 1,300lb kayak became trapped under the ship's rub rail, inflicting severe damage.

“As soon as he [Mr Doba] hit the rolling water, a swell came causing Spirit to take a roll,” said Spirit of Bermuda CEO, Denise Riviere.

“The wing, the big structure on top of the kayak, got caught and pretty much crushed it. There was significant damage to the top of the kayak, so Olek [Mr Doba] cut the structure away.”

However, Mr Doba chose to forge ahead with his adventure.

“Olek pretty much refused any option but to continue with the kayak in that state,” said Ms Riviere.

The Spirit of Bermuda bid farewell to Mr Doba after the incident yesterday, with a rough return to Bermuda expected.

“As for the trip home, they expect some of the front associated with this low to pass over them, with the most significant precipitation remaining to their north. Once that passes, they will head NW and continue a slow turn towards Bermuda as the wind clocks around with the low pressure system to the north.”

“Despite the weather, all is well,” said Ms Riviere.

“Let's keep Olek in our prayers as he continues his journey.”

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Published March 27, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 27, 2014 at 9:27 am)

Doba’s kayak suffers severe damage

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