Hungarian man first to cross Atlantic Ocean in canoe

   Mar 27, 6:34 pm

New York, Mar 27 (ANI): A man from Hungary has become the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a canoe after he traveled from Europe to the Caribbean.

Gabor Rakonczay paddled across the Atlantic in 76 days - spending nearly 50 of those isolated and incommunicado after his canoe capsized.

Rakonczay, who began his adventure in Lagos, Portugal, on December 21, and stopped for several days in the Canary Islands for rest and supplies, reached the island of Antigua on Sunday.

When his 24.61 feet (7.5 metre) canoe capsized at sea, the Hungarian adventurer said he managed to save it but his communications equipment was damaged and as a result he had not been in contact with his family since February 6.

Rakonczay made the journey without a satellite tracking system which would have allowed him to signal that he was all right. So his wife, who stayed behind in Hungary, could only hope for the best.

"The supplier raised the price at the last minute and I decided to leave without one because it was not possible to postpone the trip," the New York Daily News quoted the 30-year-old as saying from Nelson's Dockyard in southern Antigua.

"This trip was the first time I didn't have a tracking system and the first time I really would have needed one," he said.

During the nearly seven weeks he was out of reach, Viktoria, his wife, gave no indications that she was anything but totally sure that her husband was alive and that only equipment failure was to blame for their lack of communication.

She kept posting entries on their web page nearly every day, speculating about Rakonczay's position and how the weather conditions were affecting his voyage on the canoe nicknamed "Vitez," which means "valiant" in Hungarian.

The uniqueness of the Hungarian's crossing was confirmed by the London-based Ocean Rowing Society International, which adjudicates such feats for the Guinness World Records.

Atlantic crossings have been made in rowboats and kayaks, but not a canoe, in which a paddle with a single blade is used. (ANI)

Hampshire plane crash: Bin Laden's relatives were onboard Aug 1, 2:51 pm
London, Aug 1 (ANI): A Saudi Arabian embassy in the UK has said in a statement that family members of former al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden were on board the plane that crashed in Hampshire, killing four people.
Full Story
`Healthy` Hillary Clinton `good to go` for US Presidential run Aug 1, 2:01 pm
Washington DC, Aug 1 (ANI): Hillary Clinton, who dealt with a blood clot in a vein between her brain and skull in 2012, recently received a clean chit from her physician stating that she is all okay to compete in the 2016 US President run.
Full Story
Hampshire plane crash: Jet reportedly belonged to Bin Laden's family Aug 1, 1:05 pm
London, Aug 1 (ANI): A private jet that crashed in Hampshire killing four people, is reported to have belonged to an aviation firm owned by the family of the former leader of al-Qaeda Osama Bin Laden.
Full Story
US urges Pak to facilitate Afghan Govt-Taliban peace talks Aug 1, 12:46 pm
London, Aug 1 (ANI): The United States has urged Pakistan to continue its efforts to facilitate peace talks between the Afghan government and the Taliban representatives, despite a change in the Taliban leadership.
Full Story
Comments

LATEST STORIES
TOP VIDEO STORIES
PHOTO GALLERY