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Ocean Expedition List 2003/04

Last updated: April 13, 04
Note: List is preliminary and can be subject to change

Extreme sailing expeditions

Henk de Velde  - The Campina adventure 
Dutchman Henk de Velde has been roaming the world's oceans for two years now on his boat The Campina. When departing Henk wanted to sail along the North East Passage above and along Siberia, the Pacific from north to south, make it around Cape Horn and via the Antarctic back home to the Netherlands. Henk has sailed around the world several times, the first one lasted between 1978 and 1985 so Henk is known to take his time when out exploring. The reason for traveling like this is to experience new things and enjoy life to the fullest.


Ellen MacArthur to break world solo speed record 
Ellen MacArthur shot to fame when she became the fastest solo woman to sail round-the-world in 2001’s
Vendee Globe. Now she has her sight set on breaking the world solo speed record over the next two years
in a brand new £1.5million trimaran designed by Nigel Irens. Named Castorama B&Q, after its sponsors,
the 75 ft long triple-hulled boat is built for speed, said to reach over 35 knots. Ellen is eyeing several records including the 24-hour distance record as well as making it round-the-world fastest. Typically, trimarans are fast boats, but trickier to handle in high winds. After last year’s dismasting on her catamaran Kingfisher 2 in the Jules Verne Challenge and everything it took to come this far, Ellen is thrilled to be on the water again.

Expedition website

Youngest woman to sail around the world
Roslin Forrest is attempting to become the youngest woman to sail around the world single handed and
non-stop. Now 22 years of age, she is working everyday, twelve hours a day, on her Columbia 34’ sailboat
christened 'Stargazer' preparing for the trip. She will be leaving in September 2004. From Vancouver she
sails south until Chile’s Cape Horn. Heading east in the Southern Ocean all the way to New Zealand’s
Southwest Cape then heading north in the Pacific again and home to Vancouver. She will pass all five
capes and pass through all necessary meridians as set out by the World Speed Sailing Record Counsel.
Based on a conservative 100nm/day, she will leave in late September 2004 and estimates a return in less
than 10 months. ExplorersWeb will be following Roslin this fall and into next year.

Some records in the realm of round-the-world sailing are; Ellen MacArthur, British, 24yrs 7 months,
youngest woman to sail around the world solo, non-stop and unassisted. Jesse Martin, Australian, 18 yr.,
youngest male to sail solo, unassisted, non-stop around the world. Kay Cotte, New Zealand woman, first
to sail solo, unassisted, and non-stop. Jon Sanders, Australian, first to ever sail three times around,
unassisted, non-stop.

Francis Joyon non-stop round-the-world record 
Starting November 22, 2003, Francis hopes to break the solo record. Having lost his previous sponsor, he
managed to pull everything together on a shoe-string budget and did not even use the “outside
assistance” of weather routing analysis.

Feb 5, 2004, the sailing world saluted Francis Joyon as he shattered the non-stop solo round-the-world
record with his arrival in Brest, more than 20 days ahead of the previous record. Sailing aboard his
90-ft trimaran IDEC (designed for a crew of eight people), Francis completed his 26,000 mile journey in
less than 73 days.

At one point in the journey, he and fellow French sailor Jean Luc Van den Heede, who was sailing solo
round the world the other way, thought they would come within passing distance of one another. The
weather and seas did not permit the “visit.

Expedition website
Joe Fontes        
Joe Fontes is returning home on his 34-foot sail boat, the Imigrante. On October 3 he set out from Barbados and will cross the Atlantic to the Azores. He now sails northeast to Cape Verde before turning north for a 1,700-mile run up to the Azores and home. In the past Joe has sailed to Papua New Guinea, Torres Straits, the Timor Sea, the Indian Ocean, South Africa around the Cape of Good Hope, into the Atlantic Ocean and then cut west across the Atlantic to Brazil, a detour needed to avoid a dead area of wind and sea in the Atlantic near Africa.

On October 26, 2003, Joe Fonte reached the Azores after having completed his journey.


Vagabond for the first polar circumnavigation 
Through the North-East Passage, then the North-West Passage, the 2 arctic routes that link the Atlantic
Ocean to the Pacific Ocean - sailing these 2 famous passages one after the other, each one without
wintering and without any ice-breaker assistance, is a first in the sailing history.

On 31st August 2002, Vagabond crossed Bering Strait and became the first yacht to sail the North-East
Passage without wintering, and without ice breaker. The Vagabond next sailed the North-West Passage, the
sea route going from Bering Strait to Greenland, via Alaska and Canada. "Our emotions were worthy of the
adventure" the team told Royal Geographic Society from Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, on 23rd September
2003. While crossing the Davis Strait on 20th of September, Vagabond reached the Labrador Sea and the
Atlantic Ocean Sep 26, 2003.

The team reported heavy ice conditions this year in the Arctic. Polar Bound and Dagmar Aaen seem to be
trapped for the whole winter in the dangerous Franklin Strait. In Russia, the Chelyuskin Cape remained
surrounded with a lot of ice over the summer, the sail boat Campina will spend the winter in Tiksi and
will try to complete the North-East Passage 2004.

Expedition website
Around the world solo/non-stop from East to West 
Try, try again. This time-honored expression sounds like Jean Luc Van Den Heede’s guiding motto. The
58-year old sailor is on now on his fourth solo attempt to sail around the world non-stop the “wrong
way.” Meaning - from East to West, against the prevailing winds for the majority of the voyage. It’s a
journey only four others have accomplished. Chay Blyth was the first in 1970. He completed the voyage in
292 days. French skipper Philippe Monnet set a new record in 2000 when he succeeded in rounding the
world the “wrong” way in 151 days.

Circumnavigating the world from East to West is said to require “Twice the Distance - Three times the
Time - Four times the Suffering.”

March 9, 2004, at 2.26 pm local time, Jean-Luc Van Den Heede set a new record for a solo
circumnavigation "the wrong way", East to West. The new record is 122 days, 14 h, 3 min, and 49 sec.
Jean Luc beat Philippe Monnet by 29 days.

Expedition website
Solo surfing across the Pacific 
French adventurer Raphaela le Gouvello is trying to cross the Pacific Ocean solo and unsupported on a
surfboard. Raphaela has earlier solo surfed the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. Her current
sail follow in the footsteps of Thor Hejerdahl's Kon Tiki.

Nov 2, 2003 Raphaela Le Gouvello arrived in Tahiti at 12:57 a.m. local time, after 89 days and 7 hours
completing a 4,455 mile solo journey across the Pacific Ocean on her windsurf board. Raphaela began her
journey from Peru on August 5, and surfed across the Pacific right according to schedule. Raphaella
approached through Papeete’s natural harbor with a smile on her face, but a tinge of sadness that her
adventure had come to an end.

Expedition website
Extreme diving expeditions
North Pole scuba diving 
In May 2003, Marcus Fillinger wants to complete a solo dive at the North Pole while taking photographs and
shooting a documentary of the experience. It is a continuation of previous high Arctic ice diving
expeditions, in pursuit to be the world’s first pole solo and unassisted dive at the Pole.

Marcus did it and filmed the documentary entitled “15 Below.” Future expeditions include diving the world’s five water based poles, as well as several dive based projects including diving the World War wrecks, and shark dives of the world. A documentary and stills images will be captured on all expeditions.

Expedition website
Queen of the Deep  
Austin based diver Tanya Streeter aims to break the women's record of 312 feet in variable ballast
diving. "All I want is another 4 metres (13ft)", Tanya writes in her diary. "Everywhere I go I look at
trees or poles and ask if this or that is 4m high so I can get an idea of what I am adding.

Well, Tanya got a whole lot more than that! She descended to 122m/400feet on a single breath of air
returning to the surface under her own power in a dive time of 3 minutes 38 seconds. Tanya shattered the
earlier record (93.6 meters), set by Canadian Mandy-Rae Cruickshank by 40 meters! 

For the love of a lady 
Diver Francisco "Pipin" Ferreras announced his plans to match his wife Audrey Mestre's unofficial world
record (on training) of 561 feet (168.3 meters) in her honor as Audrey lost her life in her record

October 12, 2003, exactly one year after Audrey’s passing, Off the coast of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico,
Pipin Ferreras set an official 'No Limits' free diving world record of 558 feet. The record took 2
minutes 39 seconds. "This was a very difficult and sad dive for me" Pipin said. "Audrey did the dive
with me and helped me make it back."

Expedition website
Extreme rowing expeditions
Theodore Rezvoy - Atlantic West to East        
This 35 year old Ukraninan is out to retrace the classic route across the North Atlantic first accomplished by Americans of Norweigian origin, Harbo and Samuelsen, in 1896. Starting out from New York in mid June he aims to reach the French coast after about 65 days of rowing. Theodore crossed the Atlantic in the opposite direction via the southern route two years ago. This journey will be a much tougher one.

The attempt was aborted after about a week at sea on July 10th when Teddy spotted a vessel approaching on his radar. They asked him if he needed help and a short time afterwards he was boarded by the USS Doyle, a Navy missile frigate and searched. They left Teddy's boat out in the middle of the Atlantic as they took him to a police station. The boat was later recovered. Teddy will make a new attempt summer 2004.

Maud Fontenoy - Atlantic West to East          
French rower Maud Fontenoy set out from St. Pierre et Miquelon, Canada on June 13 in an attempt to become the first woman to row across the Atlantic West to East. Maud got a rough start with winds up to 35 knots and swell measuring 4 m throghing her out of course. Bad weather conditions have made Maud's row difficult and strong winds keep pushing her backwards.

After a breathtaking voyage, where she was attacked by a shark, drank seawater when her watermakers failed and got caught in endless storms, on October 9 Maud set foot on Spanish turf after 117 days of rowing. Maud is now the first woman to row across the Atlantic ocean West to East. For her spirit, courage and brutally honest reports, Maud  was selected "Expedition of the Year" by ExplorersWeb.

Ocean rowing regatta - Mother and Daughter 
Mother and daughter team Sally and Sarah Kettle are out rowing the Atlantic ocean. Sallys first row was
with her boyfriend Marcus Thompson (Tommo). They raised money to highlight the need for research into a
cure for epilepsy and as Tommo suffers from the condition. Yet severe sea sickness brought on his first
seizure in over 2 years and that's when Sally called on mom, Sarah: "When Sally first phoned me from the
boat asking if I could take Marcus’s place I couldn’t believe my luck! I packed some baked beans and
some rice cakes and caught the ferry from Tenerife to La Gomera the next morning."

Regatta website
The Atlantic Ghost rowers 
Two rowers, Brett Sparrow and Scott Wonenberg, got the word of the Ocean Rowing regatta and decided they
would participate. For that, they needed a boat for 25 thousand sterling pounds and a permit from the
regatta, another 8 thousand sterling pounds. Well, for various reasons, they didn't have the money. In a
series of events that followed, including the president of Zimbabwe, the guys took off two days after
the regatta started and took off with the speed of light in their "illegal" boat "against all odds".
Don't try to find them on the official tracking list, they are invisible there although the organizers
do keep track on them for safety reasons.

Scott Wonenberg,33, grew up living in California and Zimbabwe. At the age of 20, he flew a single engine
Cessna from California to Zimbabwe. Brett Sparrow, 29, grew up on large game reserves in Zimbabwe.
Together they completed an expedition on Africa’s Lake Karibain in a ten-foot 4O year old dinghy,
covering nearly 1000km in the circumnavigation, almost entirely by rowing. It took them 23 days through
some of the worlds most crocodile populated waters and remote wilderness areas.

The Ghost Team arrived Barbados March 9, in spite of their later start placing third in the Regatta
oceanrowing competition. By hugging the shore to extreme (no more than fifty meters, often much less)
they were able to row to Port St Charles unassisted. Broke on arrival of course, they stayed at the
Sugar Cane Club, courtesy of Jan Meek, herself an Ocean Rower.

Regatta website
Woman to row both ways across Atlantic 
Anne Quemere plans to row Atlantic W-E from Chatham (USA) to Brittany (France) in her new rowboat "Le
Connetable" to become the first woman to row an ocean in both directions solo. Departure is scheduled
for June 2004. The challenge will take Anne 2700 nautical miles, from Chathan, Cape Cod (USA) to
Brittany (France), her native land. She hopes to make it in less than 90 days. The first woman to row
from West to East was Maud Fontenoy, who made it in 117 days this past October.

Last year Anne Quemere, 37, broke a major record in ocean rowing. In 56 days she made a solo, unassisted
crossing of the Atlantic Ocean, beating the previous women’s record by 25 days.

Expedition website
Young gun v. grey wolf 
Sam, 23, a marine biologist and Pavel Rezvoy, 65 a geologist and dad to Teddy Rezvoy in a close battle
for the top position of the six participating solo rowers in Oceanrowing Society's regatta between
Canary Islands and Barbados. Ocean Rowing Society Atlantic Rowing Regatta ORSARR 2004 takes place to
celebrate the 35th anniversaries of the first East-West solo ocean row by John Fairfax and first
West-East solo ocean row by Tom McClean; and 33rd anniversary of the first Atlantic East-West double row
by Geoff and Don Allum.

Pavel Rezvoy crossed the finish line at Port St. Charles Barbados March 22, 2004 at 05:15:23GMT. He
arrived 2,5 days after the winner, Sam Knight, who crossed the finish line Friday 16:48:20GMT March 19,
becoming the winner of the solo class in ORSARR 2004, and the youngest ocean rower.

At 65 years old, Pavel Rezvoy is the oldest ocean rower in the history of ocean rowing. It was a tight
race between the two for the top position of the six participating solo rowers. Sam went out in the
lead, but was eventually overtaken by Pavel. Pavel was leading until around two weeks back, when he
suddenly dropped his average speed and Sam caught up. Pavel rezvoy is currently planning to continue rowing to Cuba.

Regatta website
Rowing into horrific past for better future 
Victor Mooney is preparing for the journey of his life. The African-American rower aims to retrace the
route taken by slave ships from Goree Island, Senegal (West Africa) to New York City, an 8,000 mile test
of endurance that Victor will row solo beginning February 1, 2005 – the start of “Black History” month
in the U.S.

Expedition website
Graham Walters - Double Ocean Row     
Late October British rower Graham Walters will depart from the Canary Islands and try to row solo across two oceans. First the Atlantic and then the Pacific. After departure he will row across the Atlantic to Barbados and continue on towards Panama and through the canal where the toughest part remains; the Pacific Ocean. The row is expected to last for several months and will finish in New Zealand.

Graham Walters arrived in Port St. Charles Barbados at 17:00 GMT on January 26th, marking the completion of the first leg of his journey to become first solo rower across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Originally hoping to complete the double ocean row non-stop, Graham had to pull ashore and take care of some financial matters before he could continue on. He plans to launch the Pacific leg of his journey in 2006.

Expedition website
Emmanuel Coindre - Atlantic West to East    
Emmanuel Coindre departed Saturday July 26 from Chatham, USA on his quest to became the first person to row the Atlantic solo three times. His earlier achievements actually already involve three crossings; two in a row boat and one on a watercycle.

After just a few days the boat capsized about 100 miles east of Chatham and a Coast Guard Jayhawk rescue helicopter arrived to rescue him from the Ladybird. His boat then went missing but was recovered some weeks afterwards.

Jim Shekhdar - Double Ocean Row   
In October British rower Jim Shekhdar will try to row from New Zealand to South Africa around Cape Horn, South America - a total of 8087 miles. Jim rowed across the Pacific Ocean, solo and unassisted from East to West in 2001. The journey lasted for 274 days and during that time he covered more than 10,500 miles. The departure has been delayed but Jim is to set out any day now.

On November 16, only eleven days after starting off on his attempt to row two oceans solo, Jim was caught in a violent storm which pitchpoled his boat, wiping most everything away and resulting in a head injury. Jim
called for help and was picked up a couple of days later. It was his second such turnaround in four weeks. The first ended October 16th, less than 24 hours after launching.


Miscellaneous water expeditions

Amazon queen - Phil Gonzales
Captain Phil Gonzales is planning a 600 mile voyage on the Amazon from Leticia to Iquitos Peru in November. The interesting part is the communication he is setting up. He will be transmitting pictures using a transistor radio. This voyage is in preparation for the main trip next year: A 4-5 month voyage on the Amazon covering 6,000 miles.

Captain Phil made his trip and is now preparing for his 2004 Amazon crossing.


The Everest Piano player in inflatable across Arctic

Bear Grylls and longtime friend and climbing partner Mick Crosthwaite (who accompanied Bear on his 1998
expedition to Mount Everest), Nigel Thompson, cameraman Charlie Laing and Andy Leivers departed from
Nova Scotia, Canada, attempting to make the first unassisted crossing of the North Atlantic south of the
Arctic Circle. (A British attempt at the crossing in 1997 ended when its boat became encased in pack ice
off of Greenland.) They are traveling in an open inflatable, island hopping from Canada to Greenland,
then Iceland and finally ending up in Scotland.

The first unassisted crossing of the North Atlantic in an inflatable boat was completed August 17, 2003.

Expedition website
Mike Horn - Arktos 
Mike Horn has undertaken a giant 18 month expedition, an attempt to circumnavigate at the polar circle. The expedition is divided up in 11 legs and an logistics team will meet up with Mike at 8 stages along the journey for resupply. Mike departed from North Cape in August 2002.



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