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

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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

  • Traces the struggle of the only American team competing in the first rowing race from New York to England
  • The four young rowers spent 72 days pulling across the ocean
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Overview

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

  • Traces the struggle of the only American team competing in the first rowing race from New York to England
  • The four young rowers spent 72 days pulling across the ocean
  • Author leaves for another cross-Atlantic adventure in December 2012

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 the 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 restrict 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.
Jordan Hanssen prefers to travel as close to the environment as possible: he has biked around Europe, rowed the North Atlantic Ocean, cycled across Australia, canoed more than 200 miles of the Rio Grande, and circumnavigated the Olympic Peninsula in an open dory. He lives in Seattle.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594856358
  • Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
  • Publication date: 11/28/2012
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 1,012,778
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note 9

Prologue 11

Map of 2006 North Atlantic Guinness Record Crossing 14

Part 1 17

Chapter 1 To the Sea 18

Chapter 2 Inauspicious Starts 27

Chapter 3 Risky Business 33

Chapter 4 Goddamn Geniuses 37

Chapter 5 Sponsorship, Training, and Countdown 47

Part 2 59

Chapter 6 Exposing Ourselves to the Sea 60

Chapter 7 In the Hands of God 67

Chapter 8 Leaving Ithaca 77

Chapter 9 Low on Fuel 89

Part 3 95

Chapter 10 All about Recovery 96

Chapter 11 Rowing the Ocean Is Not Enough 103

Chapter 12 Ride It Like You Stole It 107

Chapter 13 From Here to Eternity 115

Chapter 14 Cleanliness Is Next to Hungriness 121

Part 4 129

Chapter 15 Visitation 130

Chapter 16 Irregular Rowing Syndrome 135

Chapter 17 Body and Boat Breakdown 141

Chapter 18 The Madness of Captain Hanssen 147

Chapter 19 Bottleneck 155

Part 5 163

Chapter 20 Birthday Treats 164

Chapter 21 Food and Forgiveness 171

Chapter 22 Ithaca 177

Chapter 23 A Moment in Time 183

Chapter 24 Transition to Land 189

Chapter 25 A Mile Is Better Than None at All 195

Chapter 26 Dream Boat 201

Part 6 205

Chapter 27 Dirty Thirty 206

Chapter 28 Still at Sea 215

Chapter 29 The Agony and the Ecstasy 223

Chapter 30 LAND! 231

Chapter 31 The Mountaintop 239

Epilogue 249

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