American to Embark on First Solo, Non-stop, Unsupported Pacific Ocean Row
Jacob Adoram Hendrickson to row from Neah Bay to Australia
By Chance Busey, assistant marketing director for Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard
American Jacob Adoram Hendrickson is on a mission to set the world record for longest unsupported solo ocean row, beginning on July 7, 2018. He will start in Neah Bay, Wash., with the goal of finishing his journey in Cairns, Australia.
“The route will traverse the Pacific across 7,145 statute miles of open ocean, making it the longest solo, non-stop attempt from North America in the history of modern ocean rowing,” according to his website.
Meet Jacob at a Fundraising Event at The Club @ the Boatyard Tuesday, June 19 ~ 6 to 9 p.m.
Hendrickson, a former fighter pilot and walk-on as a defensive back for the United States Air Force Academy football team, is not out to make a political statement, but rather is on a mission of self and world exploration.
“I was a pilot, so I have the flying part figured out,” said the military veteran, who flew more than 170 combat missions in his Air Force career. “I rode my bike across the country, so I have experienced land. It seemed the next step was understanding what life was like on the ocean.”
To tackle the longest solo non-stop row from North America to Australia, Hendrickson says he will need to average 30 nautical miles per day, which is quite a feat, considering the boat will weigh over 3,000 pounds fully stocked when he leaves Neah Bay.
Hendrickson will be rowing Emerson, his specially built, 28-foot carbon fiber and foam core craft with a beam of five feet.
On board, Hendrickson plans to have around 850 pounds of food, which he estimates will last him 10 months. Clean drinking water on board will be pumped into two 12-gallon fresh water tanks through the process of reverse osmosis. Hendrickson has partnered with Water Mission, which works to build safe water solutions that break through the global water crisis.
An official media day with Hendrickson and his boat will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 9 at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard during the yard’s annual Swap Meet.
Hendrickson will also hold a fundraiser at The Club @ the Boatyard on June 19 from 6-9 p.m. where you can donate to Jacob’s cause and find more information on Water Mission. More details will be provided on gigharbormarina.com leading up to the event.
Watch Jacob’s video below
Adventurous Spirit Leads to Goal of Rowing Across the Pacific Ocean.