Happy Birthday & Earth Day to Pacific Record Seeker Jacob
Earth Day 2019 marks a special day for Pacific rowing record seeker Jacob Adoram Hendrickson. April 22 is also his birthday — and that’s somehow very fitting.
Not many people could be more attuned to Mother Earth on her special day than the birthday guy attempting to row a 28-foot boat across the planet’s largest ocean. He feels every whim, every nuance. Solo, non-stop and unaided.
That’s just what the former Air Force fighter pilot has been doing since last July 7 when he left Neah Bay, Wash., with the goal of rowing for the next eight to 10 months to Cairns, Australia.
Just to recap, Jacob calculated that his record-setting journey would traverse the Pacific Ocean across 7,145 statute miles of open water. That makes it the longest solo, non-stop attempt from North America in the history of modern ocean rowing, according to his Jacobadoram.com website post before he set out last summer.
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A check on his recent JacobAdoram.com website blogs and Facebook posts shows a determined rower, despite some painfully slow progress this month.
Jacob and his land-based support team posted several photos over Easter weekend, including the photo at top on his Jacob Adoram Facebook page this morning.
Slow-Going, But Still Rowing:
April 12, 2019 ~ Day 280
You may have noticed my progress take a turn towards erratic and unpredictable. I’ve left the comfort of steady trade winds and found a low pressure area with adverse conditions. I just didn’t expect the adverse conditions to continue for this long.
My 9th month at sea was the 2nd worst in terms of mileage. I barely made 300 miles of progress, as compared to my best month, covering over 1,000 miles. I didn’t expect these conditions to persist, mainly because historical weather patterns indicate entirely different conditions. Perhaps El Niño had some influence.
Unfortunately, it’s not looking much better anytime soon. Despite not getting any closer to my destination, I’ve managed to arc around to the south, creating better approach angles to Australia, which will help tremendously later.
I don’t particularly mind the delay, with one exception – food. I left with a 10-month supply, water intrusion ruined a few weeks’ worth, I’m 9 months in, and I most likely have another 2-3 months remaining. I knew this was coming, so I cut back my consumption months ago. Even with the cut back, my body measurements are still looking great. I recently implemented the next round of cut backs. I can feel this one much more, but my energy levels are still sufficient. I still have plenty of food, there’s nothing to be alarmed about, but continuing to persist in a black hole of progress does create some level of anxiety.
And yes, I’m fishing. Since my goal is unsupported, I won’t be getting a resupply. I’ll either stop early, go the distance, or get forced onto a different shore by the whims of nature.
March 20, 2019 ~ Day 255
The silence is almost painful. There can’t be anything else like it. Maybe there is, but I’ve never been fortunate enough to stumble upon such intense serenity.
The seas are calm, the night crystal clear. The visibility is only impeded by the physical limitations of my eyes.
The seas aren’t just calm, I’m standing on a silvery dark blue mirror reflecting the heavens above. I haven’t been fortunate enough to enjoy such profound stillness until now. The wind is non-existent for the most part. Occasionally, there’s a gentle breeze barely able to brush a sound into existence, confirming my ears are still functional.