Ocean Adventure Ends Up A Kreek Without A Paddle

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Story and Photographs by Glenn Ivens – ISN

May 19, 2013, Victoria, BC (ISN) – Olympic Gold Medalist Rower Adam Kreek was welcomed home on Saturday with a ceremony held at Whitehall Rowing and Sail.

Olympic Gold Medal rower Adam Kreek was happy to be on home soil after 73 gruelling days at sea. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Adam, along with Tofino’s Markus Pukonen and Seattle’s Jordan Hanssen and Pat Fleming were attempting to row across the Atlantic Ocean from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, Florida unassisted.

The four adventurers would row in 2 man shifts 24 hours a day in the hopes of being the first to complete the 3659 nautical mile journey unassisted.

 43Y0781Adam Kreek was at Whitehall Rowing and Sail, mingling with well wishers and to tell his story of adventure on Saturday. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Their goal was cut short in the early hours of Day 73, when a rogue wave capsized the 29 foot James Robert Hanssen and put the men’s lives in peril.

Fortunately, they were well prepared for such an emergency and despite spending several hours floating in a cramped life raft they were rescued.

Adam Kreek shares some laughs with the crowd of supports who came out to welcome him home from his OAR Northwest Canadian Wildlife Federation Africa to Americas 2013 expedition. (photo by Glenn Ivens – ISN)

Adam feels no desire to head back out to sea and attempt to complete the task anytime soon, “ I have a young family that I haven’t seen in a long time, it was a great experience but I am going to be focusing on my family now.”

To find out more on this ocean adventure please visit the Ocean Adventure Rowing website at www.oarnorthwest.com.