Zirk – a single Nut rowing unsupported from Cape Town to Rio

Ocean Rowing has grown quite a bit in recent years, but by comparison to other sports it is not big. More people have climbed Mt Everest than have crossed an ocean in a rowing boat.

Here is some interesting info about ocean rowing and Zirk’s challenge:

  • He will travel approximately 7000 km (3800 Nautical Miles) unsupported, by myself, rowing in excess of 3 million oar strokes from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro.
  • He will follow a great circle route in order to benefit from the Trade winds. This will add 850 km to the route.
  • He will row for 14 – 16 hours a day on average, expecting to take 100 days to complete the crossing to Rio.
  • He will aim to consume 10 litres of water and expect to burn 8000 calories per day. The average person needs to consume 2500 calories per day.
  • He expects to lose 12+ kg crossing the Atlantic!
  • He will have trained for 2 years before commencing the row. Training includes rowing, weight and endurance training.
  • His rowing coach is an Olympic Gold Medalist rower.
  • His boat is designed by the leading Ocean Rowing boat designer. This Naval Architect has designed 90%+ of the boats that has won ocean rowing challenges.
  • My equipment during the row will include an Iridium Go, which is a satellite data connection. this will allow me to share regular (daily) updates, as well as having a map with daily position updates on Facebook.

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Crossing the Atlantic simulates a testicular cancer journey
Leaving Cape Town. It is a lonely and long journey and you are on your own. It goes up and down. It’s tough and you feel like giving up. It is physical exhausting. It is mentally tough to stay focused. And you will be ecstatic when you see Rio’s skyline.

Same with testicular cancer: It is a lonely and long journey and you are on your own. It goes up and down. It’s tough and you feel like giving up. It is physical exhausting. It is mentally tough to stay focused. And you will be ecstatic when your doctor says: you are cancer free.

Zirk like to raise funds to raise awareness about this young man’s cancer. Please donate to his fundraiser here or scan QR code below: