What Happens When Four Guys Try to Cross the Atlantic…in a Rowboat

Four men make an attempt to break a world record by rowing from Senegal to Miami, Fla.:

“At the end of January, just 200 kilometres into the journey, the team is rowing in a wild nighttime sea when a rogue wave the size of a small house hoists their boat, tosses it into a valley and crashes over it. The force of the water snaps one of the oars in Kreek’s hand. Equipment flies overboard, but the moon and stars offer enough light for him and Hanssen to frantically recover as many objects as they can. Two weeks later, in daylight, another wave breaks one of Kreek’s oars. It’s their last spare. Being thrashed by the Atlantic is terrifying and Kreek slips into shock. He goes cold, crawls into the cabin and falls asleep for four hours. ‘You have to come to terms with the fact that you’re this tiny little thing that can be eaten by the ocean at any moment,’ Pukonen says.”

Source: Sportsnet
Published: Aug 6, 2013
Length: 22 minutes (5,501 words)
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