Some things are just not explainable. Unless you are one of the intrepid outdoor warriors that live for adrenaline, you might not understand why people do the things they do. Why take what might seem to be unreasonable risks? This is what comes to most people’s minds when they see the following stories about adventurers who struck out to cross vast stretches of sea in questionable vessels. Who are these people and what drives them to these extremes? Read on and maybe get the answer…
Man to Travel in ‘Ocean Bubble’ From South Florida to Puerto Rico
You might say Reza Baluchi is a dreamer. Some may say he is a danger to himself and others. Whatever the case may be, Baluchi is determined to “walk” across part of the Atlantic Ocean in what some may call a glorified Zorb Ball. He’s tried it before, and with predictably bad results. This time he plans of making his “Ocean Bubble” more durable for the trip, which is all for a good cause: raising awareness and money for children in need.
Popsicle-stick boat to sail the Atlantic
15 million. That’s the answer to one doozy of a trivia question: How many popsicle sticks does it take to make a replica Viking ship that can cross an ocean? In 2005 Capt. Rob McDonald and a team of volunteers built a 45-foot replica Viking longboat from 15 million ice cream sticks and 1.5 tons of waterproof glue. After announcing that he wanted to take the boat on an Atlantic crossing, he received applications from over 90,000 brave souls who wished to take the journey with him. In 2007, the vessel set sail for England from the Netherlands for a test run. However, after that the internet trail runs dry and there’s not much information on whether or not McDonald’s voyage was a success.
Man plans to sail 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in a 65-ft homemade steel whale-shaped boat
Call it an obsession, just like Captain Ahab. Moby, in the book, was a white Sperm Whale who was the bane of Ahab’s existence. Moby, in this story, is a 65 foot, 62 ton, 100,000 dollar steel boat in the shape of a friendly whale. The mastermind behind the project, former SAS trooper Tom McClean has spent 20 years constructing the vessel, and soon plans to embark upon a 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic in it.
First Scrap Raft to Cross the North Atlantic Ocean
The Floating Neutrinos is a group of like-minded conservationists who came up with a big dream: to be the first to cross the Atlantic on a raft built out of nothing but scrap. Built in 1992, their first craft was called the Son of Town Hall, a fifty foot, self-righting, self-steering under sail, unsinkable raft constructed out of scrap from the streets of New York City. In June of 1998 the raft departed Fermeuse, Newfoundland and, 60 days later, arrived in Castletownbere, Ireland. From there it cruised to France, first arriving at Brest, then through the Channel to Cherbourg and LeHavre, up the Seine River to Paris and into the canal system down the Rhone River to Port St. Louis and the Mediterranean Sea.
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