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Fantastic Send-Off in Dakar


Row4Ocean – World Record Attempt to row 2305nm in under 27 Days. Africa to South America. Port of Departure: Dakar, Senegal, Africa – Port of Arrival: Paramaribo, Suriname, South America.

After a memorable send-off in Dakar, Senegal. Patrick Bol along with his team of Lewis Knollman, Andrew Ruinoff, and Matt Wilds have started their Atlantic row record attempt. Hundreds of well-wishers attended the start of the epic journey as the Row4Ocean team sprinted past the breakwater of the Terrou-bi Hotel and Resort and into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Row4Ocean aim to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 27 days or less and collect samples of water and draw attention to the plastic pollution problem – smashing world records along the way.

At a press conference prior to departure Patrick Bol commented: “Today is the result of over one year of preparation. We are as ready as we can be and the conditions for the start look almost perfect. We have designed and built a very revolutionary eco-friendly boat. We want to go fast and break records but we want to do something even better than that for future generations. We want to give attention to the huge problem of plastic in our ocean. It is something we can all do something about.”

Dakar children performing at the Press Conference



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