Rowing Into the Son: Four Young Men Crossing the North Atlantic

Rowing Into the Son: Four Young Men Crossing the North Atlantic
Published:
November 1st 2012 by Mountaineers Books
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Goodreads Rating:
4.20
Pages:
256
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ISBN10:
1594856354
ISBN13:
9781594856358

The daring true story of the first North Atlantic Rowing Race, and the endurance needed by a team of companions to row their way to victory across the Atlantic Ocean. On June 10, 2006, college friends Dylan LeValley, Greg Spooner, Brad Vickers, and Jordan Hanssen stepped into a 29-foot rowboat as the only American competitors in the first North Atlantic Rowing Race, pulling across the northern ocean. From their first dreams of race planning to heaving through ocean waves, Rowing Into the Son: Four Young Men Crossing the North Atlantic takes the reader along with team Outdoor Adventure Racing (OAR) Northwest as they head out from New York Harbor, catch the Gulf Stream current, and make the final dramatic push for the finish line, a narrow 50-mile wide gate at Bishop's Rock Lighthouse off the coast of Cornwall. Hurricane-level winds, giant eddies, passing freighters, flying fish, and sharks are all elements of the journey, and the race comes to a tense head on day 17 with another 55 days to go as the crew realizes their food supplies are running out and they must drastically ration their eating. This is lead rower Jordan Hanssen's intimate account of team OAR Northwest's journey, set against the backdrop of Hanssen's reflections on the teachings of both his stepfather and his biological father, who passed away many years previously. How Hanssen and his teammates cope within the confines of their tiny boat and their determination to push their limits will keep readers enthralled in this remarkable true tale of coming-of-age and adventure.