the atlantic in a plywood epoxy rowboat

I’ve been casually following the exploits of Colin Angus ever since I first read Amazon Extreme, in which he recounts rafting the the Amazon river. With next to no sponsorship and very little experience he and two friends walked to the Amazon’s source and then rode the entire length of the river into the Atlantic ocean. Following the Amazon, Colin rafted the Yenisey river – the world’s fifth-longest which flows from western Mongolia to the Arctic Circle.

His latest adventure began nearly 18 months ago when he and Tim Harvey set out to travel from Vancouver to Moscow by human power alone. Upon reaching Moscow, and apparently not satisfied with the accomplishment, Colin decided to continue on and attempt to become the first to travel around the Earth entirely by human power.

Today he and his fiance Julie Wafaei are somewhere south-west of the canary islands rowing for the Florida coast. They left Lisbon on September 22nd and expect to be at sea for another 2 months.

Yesterday I happened to catch a conversation that CBC radio’s As It Happens had with the travellers and was inerested to hear Julie mention that the rowboat they are aboard is constructed of marine plywood and epoxy. It sounded to me like a very familiar construction method so I went hunting for more details. After one look at the photos on the expedition’s website I recognized some familiar ply panel seams in the craft’s chines. And a little more googling turned up a similar design for an ocean rowing sailboat.

Colin and Julie’s Expedition Planet Earth progess is being updated here.
A little more info about the boat and other equipment can be found here.
As It Happens has a series of RealAudio interviews covering the Vancouver to Moscow leg here.

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