Global Circumnavigator Successfully Rows
from Western Australia to Africa

Posted on Monday 29th, November 2010.


An adventurer traveling around the world using only raw human power has made landfall in Madagascar after rowing solo across the Indian Ocean, having left from Western Australia 137 days previously._ It isn't the first time people have rowed from WA to the African Island - in 1971 Swedish rower Anders Svedlund landed on a beach near Antseranana on northwest Madagasgar, having left from Western Australia - but in order to be considered a complete Indian Ocean crossing, according to according to Turkish adventurer Erden Eruć, there are another 1200 nautical miles to crossed, to mainland Africa. _ And Erden - who is part way through his bid to circumnavigate the world by human power alone, climbing the highest peaks on each continent as he goes - is not a man who does things by halves. On Friday he reached Majunga on the northwest shores of Madagascar, after 137 days alone at sea. He will now bicycle to Toliara on the southwest shores of Madagascar before re-launching to row across the southern Mozambique Channel towards mainland Africa.

Previously on his Six Summits Expedition, Erden spent almost an entire year (cumulatively) on a solo Pacific Ocean row to Australia. In order to get here he had to cross the Bismarck Sea, kayak and walk his way to the south side of Papua New Guinea and row the Coral Sea, before contending with a ferocious crossing of the Great Barrier Reef.

During his solo sea kayaking leg south from Cape York, Erden needed to keep a vigilant eye out to avoid being feasted upon by crocodiles. He then completed a cross-Australia bicycle ride from Cooktown in Queensland, with a stop-off in New South Wales to climb Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak, with his wife Nancy, before continuing west to re-launch his rowboat on the Indian Ocean.

Having left nightmares about crocodiles well behind him, Erden had to deal with worries of an entirely different nature as he entered African waters: Somalian pirates. He rowed under nightly blackout conditions for four weeks due to extreme concern about piracy in these waters, and remained in regular communications with authorities.

Erden is the first person to have rowed the same boat on three separate oceans - Atlantic, Pacific and Indian - and, with 629 total career days spent on the world's waters, he is now ranked the second-most experienced ocean rower after the late Peter Bird of the UK, who was lost at sea on his 937th day. Eruć carries Peter Bird's logo on his rowboat in memoriam.

Around-n-Over is a non-profit organization supporting the quest of Erden Eruć to circumnavigate the globe under human power. Eruć aims to climb the highest summits on six continents after approaching each by bicycle and on foot, and to row across three oceans.

With students and adults watching his progress all over the world, Eruć aims to instill the values of selflessness, sacrifice and perseverance in the tradition of previous adventurers and expeditions. Share his journey.


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