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Retirement Plan: Transatlantic Kayak Expedition

Map of weather across the Atlantic
Aleksander Doba, a 67-year-old experienced kayaker, currently battles winds, extreme exposure to salt water, and equipment failure as he kayaks solo across the Atlantic. This map shows approximately where Doba is now, 900 miles away from Florida.Click for larger view of the weather facing Olek as he nears Florida. Image courtesy Earth.

Rather than settling down in a condo in Florida, Aleksander Doba, a 67-year-old retired engineer and Polish kayaker, is spending his retirement about 900 miles from Florida’s coast—steadily paddling on a solo, unsupported expedition across the Atlantic Ocean. Battling storms, prolonged saltwater exposure, and multiple equipment failures, the sexagenarian has been making his way across the 4,700 nautical miles of ocean between Lisbon, Portugal and New Smyrna Beach, Florida since October 6, 2013. 

At a speed of three knots (30 miles per day) Doba has paddled approximately 3,800 nautical miles with 900 left to go to his destination. He is aiming to arrive between February 10 and February 20, 2014.

Doba’s boat, designed by Andrzej Arminski, is 21 feet long, 40 inches wide. Equipped with with solar panels for charging batteries, the cabin contains five months worth of food, including chocolate bars and his wife’s homemade plum jelly. Photograph by Ricardo Bravo, Canoe & Kayak/Canoandes

Due to his satellite phone failing, Doba hasn’t been able text or talk to anyone since December 20, 2013. We know he’s still on his way by the signals coming from his SPOT (a GPS personal tracker device), but even this minimal communication is at risk, as Doba rigged new connections on the SPOT to accommodate AAA batteries rather than the AA that failed. These new connections need to be protected carefully from any ocean spray.

Picture of Aleksander Doba's kaya, designed by
Andrzej Arminski, the designer and engineer behind Doba’s specialty kayak, is also coordinating this expedition. Photograph by Ricardo Bravo, Canoe & Kayak/Canoandes

Friends and family are concerned about how the polar vortex has affected the weather and wind Doba is now facing. There will be difficult currents and winds around the Bahamas and crossing the Gulf Stream current—which has speeds about 4-6 miles on surface—could push Olek too much to the north. He also could face a nasty headwind in the final stretch.

Doba’s sleeping quarters are extremely cramped and noisy. Photograph by Ricardo Bravo, Canoe & Kayak/Canoandes

I have not slept in days. The cabin is very small and noisy, with poor ventilation. I sleep a maximum of six hours a day in a few dozen installments. The waves are irregular. In addition to the usual noise, splashing and rolling, occasionally stronger or refractive wave collapses in the hull right next to your ear… I am constantly tired from lack of sleep.
—Aleksander Doba, Nov 27, 2013

Doba’s complaints are surprisingly minimal, even after strong storms pushed him back hundreds of miles toward Africa early on in the trip, he kept saying, “Could be worse.” He does detail some discomforts from his GooglePlus page when he can communicate:

  • “In the groin area, especially the thigh and buttocks—where the worst ventilation is—appear red spots with a diameter of 6 mm. These areas are very sensitive and itchy. After two weeks on the center spot a bulge appears. It’s whitish, 3 mm in diameter, and filled with liquid. After three weeks, symptoms begin to recede. The whole process takes one month. These affected areas itch constantly.”
  • “In the depths of the skin (especially hands) form white lesions with a diameter of 3-5 mm. Painful to the touch. Very dense in a place where I keep the paddle. Offend and hurt. Once I have dozens of these. Lasts about a month.”
  • “Conjunctivitis subsided after a week.”
  • “At the ends of my nails and toes grows a whitish creature that separates the nail from the fingertip. It grows deeper and deeper. It does not hurt, but I feel like I’m losing my fingernails.”

Of course, the medical recommendation for all these maladies according to Doba, was that he: “Stay away from salt water. Keep the skin dry.”

Image of a banner for Aleksander Doba second transatlantic expedition.
Every expedition deserves a poster as grand as this one.


This is second crossing of Atlantic for Doba. In 2010 he paddled from Senegal, Africa to Brazil, South America (3,400 nautical miles) in 99 days.

Doba’s good friend, Piotr Chmielinski, is organizing a welcoming reception which will include a doctor to check on Doba’s medical condition. Most likely, Doba’s biggest problem will be the skin rashes caused by the months of exposure to salty water without showering.

Picture of Aleksander Doba's boat underwater in the first transatlantic expedition
A view from underneath the boat on Doba’s first transatlantic expedition. Photograph courtesy Aleksander Doba


  1. Tammy Koonce
    Houston, TX
    April 28, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Saw Alek this past weekend at National Geographic in Washington DC. He made it and is doing well.

  2. Mark
    Philadelphia, USA
    April 24, 2014, 12:47 pm

    Olek, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!!!!

    congratulations from the bottom of my heart!!!!!!

  3. Island Sunrises by Tim Forrest
    April 20, 2014, 7:44 am

    Aleksandra Doba kayak to Florida.
    You are welcome to use these photos in any story or publicity.
    Photo Credit: Island Sunrises by Tim Forrest

    Thank you,

  4. Brian McCue
    April 16, 2014, 1:57 pm

    I am about to turn 50 and I wish I looked like him (after shaving)! Kudos my friend for coming this far! I attended school in New Smyrna beach and it is a lovely place to wrap up such a grand voyage! I would imagine you’re coming into the Ponce Inlet to end the journey.

  5. Andrzej Kolasiński
    Polska Poznań
    April 6, 2014, 6:08 am

    Olku niech Ci wieje po Twojej myśli ku Florydzie.

  6. ruby
    california, USA
    March 12, 2014, 7:17 pm

    please, any update at all ?

  7. Paul
    USA, Maryland
    February 10, 2014, 3:36 pm

    Good luck to you and hope to see you on land soon. Your awesome!

  8. Al
    February 8, 2014, 11:23 am

    As a premier chronicler of human adventures, hopefully National Geographic will feature a story of Mr. Dobas journey.

  9. Kinga Kępa
    Piotrków Trybunalski - Poland
    February 6, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Olek, jestem bardzo zmęczona samym tylko patrzeniem na SPOT raz dziennie. Wstyd mi za to, bo wyobrażam sobie jak straszliwie Ty musisz być umęczony.
    Olka Aniele Stróżu, nie usypiaj ani na chwilę!

  10. Joy Kimm
    United States
    February 2, 2014, 5:04 pm

    Amazing story of determination, perseverance and perhaps a little bit of craziness. Go Alek! We’re cheering you on!

  11. Evan
    January 30, 2014, 9:30 pm

    best wishes on your inspiring adventure.

  12. Alfred
    Carroll county, Maryland
    January 30, 2014, 9:01 pm

    Keep it up, Aleksander! Stay dry!

  13. Tadek "tedi" Pozor
    Centreville, VA, USA
    January 30, 2014, 11:37 am

    Polish media picking up – today’s article @ onet.pl:

    Piotr, any updates on Olek’s whereabouts (today is Jan. 30, 2014) ?

  14. Dave Webster
    Herndon, Virginia
    January 29, 2014, 11:58 am

    The Olek Man and the Sea. A fascinating story. Godspeed and good luck to you Olek. Is it my imagination or does Olek bear a slight resemblance to Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn with that beard?

  15. Al
    January 28, 2014, 9:07 pm

    May the wind be to your stern and sun to your port. You may be paddling alone, but we are pulling for you!

  16. Małgorzata
    January 28, 2014, 2:59 pm

    Trzymamy kciuki Panie Olku – wytrwałości zazdrościmy i czekamy na dalsze relacje z wypraw

  17. Nicole
    January 27, 2014, 8:43 pm

    Just met your friend Piotr. Both your stories are amazing! May the wind be at your back!

  18. Agnieszka
    January 27, 2014, 3:03 pm

    We saw news about you on our Polish Main News – You are great! We can call it: “Mission Imposible” – when we speak with our friends- YOU ARE GREAT!!!

  19. Deckson B
    Sarawak, Malaysia
    January 27, 2014, 2:10 am

    I salute you friend….God wil protect you..just believe in Him.

  20. Karo Markocka
    January 26, 2014, 6:11 pm

    What a great adventurer! Jesteś wielki!

  21. Marek
    Poland Błonie
    January 26, 2014, 5:56 pm

    Olek czekamy na Ciebie.

  22. Anna
    London UK
    January 26, 2014, 6:40 am

    Absolutly fantastic. Good luck!

  23. Aga Karmol
    January 26, 2014, 6:39 am

    Olek, you prove it’s possible to do such unbelievable thing WITHOUT a sponsorship of a big concern, who will put stickers over all your gear and call your fight “THEIR Atlantic run”.
    We all keep fingers crossed for you, Olek!
    We want to hear more!

  24. Basia
    January 26, 2014, 6:38 am

    Fingers crossed! You will do it!

  25. David in Idaho
    Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, USA
    January 25, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Following your amazing adventure and wishing you fair winds.

  26. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 25, 2014, 12:03 am

    From Dr. Hugh Granger:
    I have looked as the wind projections for Olek’s location and anticipated course and I believe he will have generally more favorable winds over the next week. There may be some days of strong winds blowing him off course but there is definitely an improvement. If he is lucky enough to make a couple of hundred miles to the west the winds may be even more favorable. There may also be a period of strong winds from the north that will move him south.

  27. Jose Pablo Gallegos
    Sterling, Virginia - USA
    January 24, 2014, 9:57 pm

    Go Olek, keep moving, land getting closer!!

  28. Andrzej Rogowski
    January 24, 2014, 4:10 am

    Olo jesteś WIELKI uż tylko kilka kilometrów. trzymaj sie i nie daj sie. Pozdrawiam

  29. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 24, 2014, 12:23 am

    Olek – 1/23/14 – 12.40 EST
    One more good news. Olek and “OLO” lost again some distance overnight, but not too much.
    Go, go Olek go!!!
    Storm moved north from Olek’s location and we hope will be easier at this moment for him to move toward Florida again.
    Go, go Olek go!!!
    SPOT Local Time:
    January 23, 2014 at 1:00:02 PM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    29.33373 , -67.32144

    From Andrzej Arminski:
    In the last week because of the contrary, often stormy winds Olek lost 73 miles. It currently has 700 nm to the shores of Florida. Next week will be under the sign of the weak and moderate westerly variable winds. The arduous task of making up for losses wWill begin.

  30. tadek&maryla
    Radomsko poland
    January 23, 2014, 3:39 pm

    Powodzenia panie Olku ,nie daj się przeciwnyym wiatrom.Floryda już….tuż, tuż. W Policach czeka rodzina ,a szczególnie zapewne wnuczęta / zapewne pamiętały o Dniu Dziadka/

  31. Kinga Kępa
    Piotrków Trybunalski - Poland
    January 23, 2014, 3:22 pm

    Olek, ja wiedziałam, że Trójkąt Bermudzki schowa pazurki jak Cię zobaczy! Zuch!
    Odpocznij chwilę po sztormie, spróbuj się przespać w ciut chłodniejszym powietrzu i skręcaj na zachód. Dasz radę przeskoczyć to w dwa tygodnie 🙂

  32. Michael Margolis
    South Carolina
    January 23, 2014, 12:10 pm

    Keep it up Olek ! You are doing great !

    United States
    January 23, 2014, 11:00 am

    Derring-do is alive! You are an inspiration, Oleg. Safe journey and a warm homecoming.

  34. Marleen H.
    Washington, D.C.
    January 23, 2014, 10:43 am

    Oleg, thank you for sharing your trip with us. We are wishing you the very best.


  35. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 22, 2014, 11:35 pm

    Olek – 1/22/14 – 3 PM EST
    OLEK and “OLO” are OKKKKKK!!!
    They were not even pushed too far back, only about 60 miles
    GO Olek!!!!!!
    SPOT for today:
    Your Local Time:
    January 22, 2014 at 3:50:54 PM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    29.24495 , -67.38422

  36. Malgorzata Z.
    Warsaw, Poland
    January 22, 2014, 7:13 pm

    According to the news you were in the center of the storm but you are still OK!!!! All the best from Warsaw and GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

  37. Doctor AS
    Warsaw, Poland
    January 22, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Szanowny Panie Aleksandrze. Śledzę Pana kajakowe wyczyny od czasu kiedy opłynął Pan Bałtyk i wierzę, że przyjdzie taki dzień, że opłynie Pan kulę ziemską – bez zawijania do portu, rzecz jasna. Trzymam kciuki za powodzenie obecnej wyprawy. Szacunek.

  38. Kate R
    Palo Alto, CA
    January 21, 2014, 8:08 pm

    Amazing! Good luck, Olek!

  39. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 21, 2014, 6:31 pm

    From Andrzej Arminski:
    There is a forecast for a strong storm SW30. Will start around midnight tonight and will last for 24 hrs. HOLD ON Olek and “OLO”.
    We are all with you. More and more people around the world are supporting you!!
    Again today, he lost some distance today (about 40 miles farther from Florida since yesterday) but looks like Olek knows what to do to find safer place where he can wait for better weather.
    Olek – 1/20/14
    Escaping strong winds Olek and “OLO” are mowing SE.
    SPOT: Your Local Time:
    January 21, 2014 at 3:21:35 PM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    29.19366 , -67.56082

  40. Malgorzata Z.
    Warsaw, Poland
    January 21, 2014, 4:53 pm

    Dear Mr Doba, in fact you are a bit crazy 😉 I am keeping my fingers crossed!!!! And may the force be with you! 😉

  41. Pacific
    Vancouver Island, Canada
    January 21, 2014, 4:29 pm

    Three cheers from CANADA!
    What an amazing trip!

  42. ewa
    January 21, 2014, 3:37 pm

    Good Luck Friend!

  43. Miras
    Pruszkow, Poland
    January 21, 2014, 3:27 pm

    Its unbelievable, but he’ll do it! Olek, you are the biggest kayaker, biggest traveller, and biggest romantic of our times

  44. Agnieszka
    January 21, 2014, 3:08 pm

    We Keep finger cross for Olek. It is almost around the corner. Keep going!!!!

  45. Monika
    January 21, 2014, 5:59 am

    Już wkrótce osiągniesz cel! Trzymam kciuki. Powodzenia!
    A jednak człowiek, pył we Wszechświecie, wiele może… 🙂

  46. K Scorer
    January 20, 2014, 5:34 pm

    Keep going. We all believe in you! You can do it!
    Grandma is praying for you!

  47. K Scorer
    January 20, 2014, 5:29 pm

    Keep going, you can do it. We all believe in you!

  48. Adam W. Siedlecki
    Szczecin Polska
    January 20, 2014, 3:30 pm

    – Czy pan fal się bał tych?
    – Dla mnie to była bajka.
    Opłynąłem Bałtyk,
    przeczeszę i Bajkał.
    I założę się o kajak,
    że przepłynę Atlantyk.
    W-ów-czas będę wolny
    o(d)pływając Spokojny.

  49. Ag
    January 20, 2014, 2:33 pm

    Regards from POLAND! 🙂

  50. Marek
    January 20, 2014, 1:20 pm

    Avanti Tutta!!! manca poco, vai Olo 🙂

  51. Promocja
    Police, Poland
    January 20, 2014, 3:39 am

    Już tylko kawałek drogi przed Tobą – całe Police kibicują !!

  52. Promocja
    Police, Polska
    January 20, 2014, 3:37 am

    Olku gratulujemy !! i czekamy na Ciebie w Policach

  53. Marcin
    January 20, 2014, 3:12 am


  54. Edward Karol Rozycki
    January 19, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Olku trzymamy za Ciebie kciuki, jestes MISTRZEM.

  55. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 19, 2014, 8:55 pm

    Go Olek and “OLO”. As we see from the SPOT Olek is trying to escape strong winds by heading south.

    Information from Andrzej Arminski:
    For several days strong contrary winds are holding Olek from moving forward. Now, moderate wind blows from the west, but strong enough that it does not allow for Olek to move toward Florida. Therefore, Olek paddles to the south to partially reduce the impact of the storm with winds SW that will embrace a large area of the Atlantic on Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Last reported location from SPOT:
    Your Local Time:
    January 19, 2014 at 4:21:23 PM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    29.49875 , -67.90451

  56. Jason Azarkhish
    Herndon ,VA
    January 19, 2014, 8:31 pm

    Olek all the best from the cantina family hope the the winds and seas guide you in soon thanks for the inspiration !

  57. Joanna
    January 19, 2014, 5:39 pm

    It’s great to see lots of an amazing comments, that’s what Olek needs We have to send him positive energy and pray for good winds !!!

  58. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 19, 2014, 11:23 am

    From Dr. Hugh Granger,
    The winds and seas remain unfavorable for Olek. It will be difficult for him to make too much headway until the jet stream changes and the high pressure ridge over by Alaska shifts or weakens. I think this unfavorable period could continue for at least 2 more weeks. There will be some brief periods of winds from the northeast but most of the time the winds will be out of the east right into Olek’s face. It will be cold also.

  59. Luis Muga
    New York
    January 19, 2014, 10:16 am

    “It is better to live one day as a tiger, than a hundred as a lamb.”
    Aleksander Doba

  60. Luis Muga
    New York
    January 19, 2014, 8:38 am

    In Polish
    Radio interview with Piotr Chmielinski about Olek Doba and Andrzej Arminski
    W Polsce (2014-01-18) Polskie Radio PR 1 – rozmowa z Piotrem Chmielinskim o Olku Doba i Andrzeju Arminskim.

  61. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 18, 2014, 9:11 pm

    Olek – 1/18/14 – lost not gain distance to the USA today.
    We got second signal from SPOT – Olek hold ON!!!!
    Wrong direction yet. We are all paddling with you and we believe you can do IT!!!!
    Inf fom SPOT:
    Your Local Time:
    January 18, 2014 at 4:21:05 PM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    29.75411 , -68.25797

  62. Max Hatala
    United States
    January 18, 2014, 3:13 pm

    This is an amazing expedition and I wish the best for him!

  63. Asia
    January 18, 2014, 2:45 pm

    Sprzyjających wiatrów, trzumam kciuki

  64. asia
    Warsaw Poland
    January 18, 2014, 1:14 pm

    Powodzenia! Trzymamy kciuki.

  65. Arkadii
    United States
    January 17, 2014, 5:12 pm

    Попутного ветра Вам, Александр. Желаю благополучно причалить в намеченной точке.

  66. Saltwater
    January 17, 2014, 4:04 pm

    To fascynujące

  67. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 17, 2014, 3:18 pm

    From Andrzej Arminski, coordinator of Aleksander Doba – Atlantic 2:
    January 7, 2014 marks the one hundred fourth day of the expedition. The weather in recent days is not cooperating. Squally wind and waves were pushing Olek north. Tomorrow the wind will turn from the west and the unfavorable direction will stay for almost a week, eventually reaching a strength of the storm. If Olek was two hundred miles to the south, would be more bearable conditions. Unfortunately kayak “OLO” is at the mercy of the ocean …
    Left to the American continent only 630 nm. Bermuda is about 250 nm northeast and the Bahamas 480 nm to the southwest.

  68. Han N
    January 17, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Niesamowite! To już ponad 100 dni na oceanie w kajaku!Bez względu na ostateczny port czy to nie jest już przypadkiem rekord? Powodzenia!!!!

  69. Kinga Kępa
    Piotrków Trybunalski - Poland
    January 17, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Olek, widocznie za dobrze Ci szło i Ktoś Tam Na Górze uznał, że potrzebna jest lekcja pokory. Jesteś już zmęczony, ale dasz radę! Przeczekamy przeciwne wiatry razem z Tobą.
    Próbuj odpoczywać przed ostatnim starciem z Oceanem

  70. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 17, 2014, 12:50 pm

    Unfortunately Olek and “OLO” are pushed back east today.

  71. Janusz Dacewicz
    January 17, 2014, 11:01 am

    New Cristopher Columb of XXI centuary from Poland

  72. Pylska Basia
    January 17, 2014, 6:22 am

    Good luck!

  73. Krzysztof B
    January 17, 2014, 4:08 am

    Olek, trzymam kciuki i wierzę w sukces. Wielka rzecz. Pozdrawiam

  74. Kyle
    Blacksburg, VA
    January 17, 2014, 12:50 am

    Good luck to him! That’s how you do retirement. Your way.

  75. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 17, 2014, 12:44 am

    To see in real time how strong are the winds at the location where Olek is currently use this link and click his location (for today 29.7584 , -68.6012):


  76. Isaac
    Sherwood Forest UK
    January 17, 2014, 12:00 am

    What an inspiration to all,fair winds and tides

  77. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 16, 2014, 6:50 pm

    Unfortunately, not Florida or Washington but Bermuda is a direction where Olek’s kayak “OLO” is moving toward over last few hours. Lets ask “Somebody” to change direction of the wind to the west, pronto.

  78. JB Durville
    Carcassonne, France
    January 16, 2014, 6:02 pm

    Histoire plutôt impressionnante!
    J’espère bien qu’il finira son voyage en bonne santé et content de celui-ci parce que ça fait vraiment envie!
    Par rapport aux problèmes qu’il encontre, j’espère qu’il puisse recevoir de l’aide si possible; je suis même surpris qu’on ne lui permette pas d’appeler des gens et de donner des nouvelles à sa famille et ses amis..

  79. Tetiana
    January 16, 2014, 5:03 pm

    Incredible story! Good luck!

  80. Lucyna M.
    January 16, 2014, 4:30 pm

    Wielki szacunek- podziwiam i życzę pomyślnych wiatrów!!!!!

  81. Tomasz Morawski
    January 16, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Gratulujemy odwagi
    Tomasz Morawski Ekwador

  82. Asia
    January 16, 2014, 3:34 pm

    Serdeczne pozdrowienia. Podziwiam za odwagę i życzę powodzenia.

  83. Olga & Agata
    January 16, 2014, 3:21 pm

    Keep going Grandpa and be back home for Easter 😉

  84. Gabi
    January 16, 2014, 3:19 pm

    Olek ,płyń do celu, płyń.

  85. Pawel
    Oświęcim, PL
    January 16, 2014, 2:58 pm

    Jesteś wielki!!!! Trzymam za Ciebie kciuki!
    Pozdrowienia z Oświęcimia

  86. Andrzej
    January 16, 2014, 1:35 pm

    Maja ludzie kapitalne pasje.

  87. Anka
    Poland Police
    January 16, 2014, 7:39 am

    Pomyślnych wiatrów, niskich fal, wspaniałej pogody. I do szybkiego zobaczenia – już nie mogę się doczekać spotkania z Policzanami.

    Successful winds, low waves, great weather. And see you soon – I can not wait to meet Policzanami.

  88. Danka
    Police, zachodniopomorskie
    January 16, 2014, 7:33 am

    Tylko ludzie odważni realizują swoje marzenia.

    Only brave people realize their dreams.

  89. Marta
    Police - zachodniopomorskie
    January 16, 2014, 7:28 am

    Trzymam kciuki, życzę spełnienia podjętego wyzwania:)

  90. Anka
    Poland, Police
    January 16, 2014, 4:44 am

    Wspaniały, odważny człowiek. Już nie mogę się doczekać na kolejne spotkanie z Policzanami – z fantastycznymi zdjęciami i jeszcze lepszymi opwieściami z tej wyprawy. Pomyślnych wiatrów i niskich fal.

  91. Mirka i Zenek Ratajczyk
    January 16, 2014, 4:24 am

    SZACUNEK! Jesteś jak ten kompas! Wyznaczasz dobry kierunek dla seniorów i pokazujesz, że wiek dojrzały to nie tylko kapcie, fotel i telewizor! Pozdrawiamy i trzymamy kciuki!

  92. Tomasz
    January 16, 2014, 3:42 am

    Niemożliwe? Co to teraz znaczy?
    Będziemy musieli wykreślić to słowo ze słowników.

  93. Josh Bostic
    January 16, 2014, 2:53 am

    Great story. Wishing him luck on completing the second voyage. Next he should kayak from San Diego to Hawaii!

  94. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 16, 2014, 2:51 am

    Olek is going to have unfavorable winds for the next week. At some times the winds will be weak but most of the time the winds will be 20 knots (23 MPH) from the south or west (thus moving him north or east). It will be a waiting game for him, a game that he is use to by now. New Smyrna Beach, where he was is planning to land is exactly the same latitude as Olek’s current position. That is, Olek is 663 nm due east of NSB.

  95. AguTarnak
    January 16, 2014, 2:50 am

    Powodzenia!!! Trzymam kciuki 🙂

  96. Agnes Savich
    Austin, TX
    January 15, 2014, 10:53 pm

    Powodzenia i szeroka, mokra droga!

  97. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 15, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Last SPOT from Olek:

    Your Local Time:
    January 15, 2014 at 4:50:14 PM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    29.15596 , -68.19464

  98. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 15, 2014, 5:19 pm

    Olek connected again few minutes ago to SPOT.
    This is not GOOD news! Too much north!!
    Please pray, cross you fingers or do whatever you can to make Olek go WEST not North.

  99. Sylwia
    Gdańsk - Polska
    January 15, 2014, 4:19 pm

    Olek jest dowodem na to, że jak tylko się chce, to można swoje marzenia spełnić. Choćby i po 60-tce… nigdy nie jest za późno. Chylę czoła przed odważnymi marzeniami i dokonaniami.

  100. Agnes
    Norwich, UK
    January 15, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Wow! What an extraordinary thing to do! I am well impressed!
    It could be an amazing story about man who is just doing impossible. Pls do a follow up to let us know what is happening and tell us more about this amazing man and his achievement. What a man! What a thing to do!! 67 years old!! Wishing you all the best Aleksander!

  101. Janusz Szwaracki
    January 15, 2014, 2:16 pm

    Olek, już osiągnąłes to, czego chyba nikt nie powtórzy.
    Oby sily i dobre nastawienie psychiczne towarzyszyły Ci na tym ostatnim odcinku. Chciałbym byc takim twardzielem (marzenie). Zycze Ci sprzyjających warunków i bezpiecznego dotarcia do lądu.

  102. Gabi
    January 15, 2014, 2:03 pm

    Olek, zawsze podziwiałam Twoją determinację. Wiem, że szczęśliwie dopłyniesz. Wracaj szczęśliwie do domu.

  103. Agnieszka
    January 15, 2014, 1:46 pm


  104. Katarzyna
    January 15, 2014, 1:40 pm

    Kochamy wariatów! Bez nich świat byłby nudny!

  105. Niesfiec
    January 15, 2014, 1:31 pm

    awsome 🙂

  106. Agnieszka Bańkowska
    January 15, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Trzymam kciuki!

  107. Jana Schroeder
    Herndon, VA
    January 15, 2014, 10:40 am

    Go Olek go! Wishing you all the fresh sushi you can eat and nothing but beautiful weather for the rest of your journey. And when you make it back to dry land, please share with us some pictures of those sunrises and sunsets.

  108. topman
    January 15, 2014, 10:39 am

    Woow, that’s awesome

  109. Anon
    January 15, 2014, 10:13 am


  110. topman
    January 15, 2014, 8:02 am

    Waaw that’s some determination

  111. Hassan Hammoud
    Nigeria, Abuja
    January 15, 2014, 7:36 am

    I admire your courage and bravery. You are an inspiration to me and many of my peers here with me in high school. You have proven that anything is possible if you put your heart to it and that age is just a number when chasing you dreams. Im speechless right now and really amazed. I wish you the best. Good Luck!

  112. John Mason
    Nigeria, Abuja
    January 15, 2014, 7:28 am

    Lots of support and great accomplishments! Good Luck!

  113. Maria Danielska
    Katowice, Poland
    January 15, 2014, 6:35 am

    Panie Olku,
    Jesteśmy z Panem i trzymamy kciuki. Wierzymy w Pana.

  114. Martówka
    Poland, Cracow
    January 15, 2014, 5:42 am

    Olek, trzymamy kciuki za szybkie i bezpieczne dotarcie do brzegu. A tam małe, zimne piwko w nagrodę. Buźka od Tomanków wszystkich pięciu.

  115. Kinga Kępa
    Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland
    January 15, 2014, 4:41 am

    Olek, my wiemy że dasz radę. Teraz oczy otwiera Kajakowy Świat! Otwórz im szeroko! I niech w tym zdziwieniu pozostaną na zawsze!

    Jak już się sławą nacieszysz to wracaj. Jak najszybciej 🙂

  116. Jozef Milewski
    Richfield WI
    January 14, 2014, 11:22 pm

    Olek you are only 36,000 paddle strokes away from Florida

  117. Chris Chmura
    Kansas City.MO
    January 14, 2014, 11:21 pm

    Incredible feat Oleg, you are an inspiration, come seas and lot’s of luck on a way home.

  118. Ania
    January 14, 2014, 9:53 pm

    Pomyslnych wiatrow, niskich fal, trzymamy kciuki!

  119. Rayhana
    January 14, 2014, 8:05 pm

    Truly inspirational! More people retiring should be encourage to go on ventures like this… and remind them there is no retirement to seeking from life and nature.

  120. Rono
    Virginia Beach
    January 14, 2014, 7:50 pm

    Go Olek! what a great story and trip great trip

  121. Rono
    Virginia Beach
    January 14, 2014, 7:49 pm

    Go Olek! what agreat story and trip great trip

  122. roman e. gzyl
    Sarasota Florida
    January 14, 2014, 7:19 pm

    Do odwaznych swiat nalezy, duzy podziw za odwage,

  123. tadek&maryla
    poland radomsko
    January 14, 2014, 5:19 pm

    powodzenia Olek

  124. Cezary
    Stevenage, UK
    January 14, 2014, 5:12 pm

    Dasz rade Olek – teraz to juz rzut beretem, w USA Polonii nie brakuje, przywitaja Cie chlebem i mam nadzieje, ze sol sobie juz daruja 😛

  125. Krzysztof Sawicki
    January 14, 2014, 4:40 pm

    Go! Olek! Go!

  126. Valerie McMillan
    Fairfax, VA
    January 14, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Truly an incredible human being with so much dedication. Good luck and Godspeed for leg final leg of your journey!

  127. Jill Weissenberger
    Herndon, VA
    January 14, 2014, 3:31 pm

    Olek, good luck with the last stretch of your journey. We are cheering you on from VA! I always wondered what flying fish tasted like. I hope it was good!

  128. aneta
    January 14, 2014, 3:12 pm

    a jeszcze chwile temu wypływał z Lizbony a już tak daleko… 3mamy kciuki!

  129. Jan Napoleon Saykiewicz
    Pittsburgh, PA
    January 14, 2014, 2:15 pm

    Just retired. Looking desperately for some new ideas. Got it. Will paddle Ohio river down to Mississippi, Caribbeans, Trinidad and Tobago, and further down to the ultimate happiness. No worries. Ahoy!
    Anyway, good luck man !!!

  130. Gabi
    January 14, 2014, 1:57 pm

    Olek, go. I’m waiting.

  131. Kate
    January 14, 2014, 1:56 pm

    Great Olek!!!

    This is unbelievable! He needs money and everyone can have “your” mile! But we must have for every return … 😉

  132. Andrew
    United States
    January 14, 2014, 1:50 pm

    Buddist saying: ” everything is an illusion” is so true to Olek’s feat: his imagination, dreams, preparation in material world and now passion in execution. And who is saying that only young people are capable to achieve an impossible dream? I read Olek’s book about his first transatlantic kajaking across Atlantic. It was at University of Wisconsin in Madison where all audience was hipnotized with his story and superb pics. Go Olo go! Bring us new record and hope, that no age is a limit. God speed!

  133. Maryla
    Denver, CO
    January 14, 2014, 1:50 pm

    This is an incredible expedition, congratulations!

  134. Mike Sikora
    Colorado, USA
    January 14, 2014, 1:47 pm

    The Alekander Doba’s heroic effort of crossing the Atlantic
    Ocean on kayak at age 67 proofs that even impossible things can be done and we
    should never give up. He is the hero and inspiration not only to the older generation, but for the young one too. Olek, thank you again for your determination and proving to the World, that there are things bigger than money.

  135. Marek Baranowski
    Polska Przechlewo
    January 14, 2014, 1:39 pm

    Go ! Go ! Olek

    Jesteśmy z Tobą 🙂

  136. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 14, 2014, 1:27 pm

    The most import NEWS!! Olek posted his location today from SPOT. In last two days he moved +60 miles closer to Florida. Weather – good yet!!
    Good going!!!
    Information from SPOT:
    Your Local Time:
    January 14, 2014 at 11:09:42 AM EST
    Coordinates: (WGS84)
    28.5225 , -67.42017

  137. Gosia Trys
    January 14, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Trzymaj się wilku morski! Pozdrowienia z Gdańska 🙂

  138. Carmen Mejia
    Cochabamba, Bolivia
    January 14, 2014, 11:30 am

    Que llegas a Florida pronto.
    Que navegas con Dios!
    Olek – Te esperamos.

  139. Chris Chmura
    Kansas City.MO
    January 14, 2014, 9:51 am

    This is incredible feat and very inspiring to all. The Florida shores are near; come seas and lots of luck Oleg.

  140. Pat Reed
    New Smyrna Beach
    January 14, 2014, 9:17 am

    Aleksander’s trip borders on the unimaginable. In an age of increasing reliance on technological “wonders” he reminds us that the human spirit transcends that reliance.

  141. Aga Karmol
    January 14, 2014, 9:10 am

    Fingers crossed for you Olek!

  142. Aleksandra Labinska, Tudor Dornescu
    Fukuoka, Japan
    January 14, 2014, 9:00 am

    This is amazing!!!!Wishes of courage and good luck from the Japanese island of Kyushu!!! May you reach your destination soon and safely!!!!

  143. Stefan Danielski
    January 14, 2014, 8:53 am

    Olek Doba epitomizes best side of human spirit .There is no retirement age if you have a drive to cross the boundaries into unknown, but you need to overcome your own fear first.

  144. Kent Campbell
    Herndon, Va
    January 14, 2014, 8:35 am

    Udają się *olek* udają się

    (Apologies if the translation is not correct)

    Go Olek!

  145. Praveen
    Duabi, UAE
    January 14, 2014, 8:03 am

    What a will power !!. I salute you Sir Definitely, the taste of your wife’s prume jam keeps you going !! Sail on dear friend.

  146. Baher Amin
    January 14, 2014, 7:46 am

    what an awesome trip.

  147. Papuga
    Kraków, Polska
    January 14, 2014, 5:58 am

    Aleksander Wielki !!! 🙂

  148. Jacek Bogucki
    January 14, 2014, 2:41 am

    Powodzenia Olku!
    Przyjaciele z Gorach Skalistych – znajac Ciebie – wierza, ze za miesiac doplyniesz do Florydy z kolejnym rekordem kajakarskim!!!!
    Good lack Olek!
    We believe in Your succes!!!

  149. Ewa kiedys Nosek obecnie Kruza
    Sarasota Florida
    January 13, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Znam Cie jeszcze z Polski jestem kajakarka z Dryfujacego Pagaja z Ostroleki pozdrowienia Ewa

  150. Jonathon
    January 13, 2014, 7:19 pm

    What an amazing adventure! Add this one to the record books.

  151. Ray Petrisek
    Reston, VA
    January 13, 2014, 5:31 pm

    Life isn’t about finding yourself its about creating yourself. Most of us are in the daily grind, but Olek is looking at the stars. You can stir yourself in any direction, you’re on your own, and you know what you know and you are the one who’ll decide where to go. Best wishes with all that freedom.

  152. Tadek "tedi" Pozor
    Centreville, VA, USA
    January 13, 2014, 3:51 pm

    And that’s what I call a truly “Salty Dog”
    I keep my fingers crossed for your lucky finish, Olek – POWODZENIA !!!
    Greetings for Piotr, too.

  153. Eugene Buchanan
    Steamboat Springs, CO
    January 13, 2014, 2:15 pm

    Amazing that he’s doing it a second time…

  154. Nadia
    January 13, 2014, 2:11 pm

    WOW- what an inspiration and model of tenacity. I can’t wait to see you pictures at Piotr’s house. I so enjoyed the last show and tell.

  155. Robin
    January 13, 2014, 1:52 pm

    Panie Olku, na Florydzie prosze nie zapomnieć o zabraniu garści piasku z plaży 🙂

  156. Alexandra Wojcicki
    Reston, VA
    January 13, 2014, 1:49 pm

    Congratulations for making it so far! Such an incredible journey — I guess Picasso’s quote holds some truth, “Anything you can imagine is real”. Thank you, Olek, for stretching the boundaries of what humanity accepts as possible 🙂 Keep up your limitless positivity!

  157. George
    United States
    January 13, 2014, 12:25 pm

    Amazing, but why do this in the middle of winter?

  158. Brendy Herrera
    El Salvador, El Salvador
    January 13, 2014, 11:24 am

    YOLO 🙂

    Una admiracion total. Y un orgullo poder ver a personas tan fuertes como usted. Disfrutelo aló máximo.

  159. Tenzin
    Lhasa, Tibet
    January 13, 2014, 11:18 am

    This guy has guts! Congratulations Olek, Greetings from top of the world!!!

  160. Matt
    Reston, VA
    January 13, 2014, 11:16 am

    Keep paddling Olek! We’ll see you soon in Florida and the first (dozen) rounds is on me!

  161. West Hansen
    United States
    January 13, 2014, 11:12 am

    Pretty amazing perseverance. I imagine it will be strange to stand on solid ground. Aleksander is one of the very rare few people I admire.

  162. Jason
    January 13, 2014, 11:02 am

    Iron Man Olek 🙂

  163. Jacek Skoczylas
    Poland Szczecinek
    January 13, 2014, 10:50 am

    My Skoczki, byliśmy z Olkiem podczas pierwszej wyprawy i jesteśmy z nim teraz. To człowiek, który potrafi pokonać ocean niemożliwości i to dwa razy !

  164. Rafa Ortiz
    Mexico DF
    January 13, 2014, 10:01 am

    Its never too late to embark into an epic quest. stoked to see the inspiration at his age. inspiring the younger generations to get out.
    Paddle hard man!

  165. lena
    Aidlingen -Niemcy
    January 13, 2014, 9:21 am

    wszyscy lubimy Olka, i trzymamy za niego kciuki…normalnie już dziury w dłoniach…Olo, stopy wody pod wiosłem…uściski i pomyślnych wiatrów:)

  166. Tomasz Jakubiec
    January 13, 2014, 9:12 am

    Niewiele już może zatrzymać Olka. ON to zrobi.

  167. Rich Hunsicker
    NSB, Florida
    January 13, 2014, 9:08 am

    And to think we complain after paddling 3 miles!! An inspiration to both old and young

  168. Mitch Filipowicz
    Falls Church, VA
    January 13, 2014, 8:09 am

    …and I thought the Gauley was a tough paddle…Godspeed, Olek!!

  169. Kasia Czech
    January 13, 2014, 5:44 am

    The greate man, he is my inspiration for activity life in every age

  170. Krzysztof Jurek
    January 13, 2014, 4:10 am

    Bravo Olek, keep like that. You are a real example of courage and of tge polish spirit. Bravo. I like it;)

  171. Boguslaw Gaweda
    January 13, 2014, 3:29 am

    Your great skills and stamina should lead you to achieve this spectacular goal, but first and foremost I wish you a safe expedition. Good luck and keep going.

  172. Piotr S
    January 13, 2014, 2:58 am

    OLO the great!

  173. Marek Tomalik
    Bielsko-Biala, Poland
    January 13, 2014, 2:34 am

    Go OLEK GO!!! I had the pleasure to invite him to 3 Elements Festival of Travelers in Krakow years ago after his trip across Baltic Sea. Step by step he is going to paddle the Ocean. Keep going Great Man!

  174. Sokema
    January 13, 2014, 2:16 am

    It’s great to read about people who never stop look for life adventure. Keep fingers crossed for acomplishment of this Olek’s trip and look forward to hear about the next one.

  175. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 12, 2014, 11:12 pm

    From Andrzej Arminski – Jan. 12, 2012, 4:18 PM
    750 nm in a straight line divides Olek from the shores of Florida. The winds pushed the kayak a little farther north than that was the plan. The closer to the continent, the weather is getting less and less stable. Next week Olek will encounter three weather fronts and periodically will have to paddle against contrary winds.

  176. Rocky Contos
    San Diego, CA
    January 12, 2014, 6:59 pm

    Wow that is an amazing feat and to do so at the age of 68 is extra impressive. I wish you all the best in finishing in Florida!

  177. Michael Margolis
    Charleston, SC
    January 12, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Olek. Wishing you fair winds and following seas for the remainder of your journey ! You are an inspiration to us all !

  178. Lauren Haupt
    South Africa
    January 12, 2014, 1:32 pm

    Riaan Manser (first person to cycle around Africa) and his girlfriend are busy kayaking from Morocco to New York

  179. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 12, 2014, 1:29 pm

    Great news from Olek – connected SPOT an hour ago – and I see he moved over last two days more then 100 miles closer to Florida !! Go Olek !!! We are waiting !!!

    Weather is good – so far!!

    Olek’s location: Jan. 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM EST

    27.84 N and 66.27 W

  180. Peter Wytykowski
    Farmington Hills, MI
    January 11, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Incredible man and incredible journey – good luck Olek!

  181. Piotr Chmielinski
    Herndon, VA
    January 11, 2014, 11:51 pm

    Olek, is a strong MAN.
    He never complained to me over last few months. Even after strong storms pushed him back hundreds of miles toward Africa, he always was saying – “could be worse”. Florida is not too FAR!!

  182. Sharon Moore
    Herndon, VA
    January 11, 2014, 9:37 pm

    What you are doing is so inspiring! I am rooting for you, Olek, and your safe landing in FL.

  183. Brent Sharrer
    Falls Church, VA
    January 11, 2014, 9:28 pm

    Olek is an inspiration. Best of luck on the final stretch.

  184. Jim Musante
    New Smyrna Beach
    January 11, 2014, 6:43 pm

    I will be on the balcony looking 4 Olek come mid Feb. or be out in the kayak 2 welcome! Hoping u have a calm ocean & tailwinds….

  185. Bill Kilpatrick
    Clifton, VA
    January 11, 2014, 5:32 pm

    Best wishes to Olek. I had the pleasure to meet and talk with him after his last trip, when he was a guest at the home of Piotr Chmielinski. He was full of excitement about this current adventure. I hope to get the chance to meet up with him again when he is back on dry land! Go Olek!

  186. Luis Muga
    New York
    January 11, 2014, 5:23 pm

    Hurricane OLO is coming!!!

  187. Adam
    Toronto ON CAnada
    January 11, 2014, 4:59 pm

    I’m impressed by the passion, courage and perseverance in overcoming the enormous difficulties associated with the forces of nature. I wish him a safe journey to Florida so that he may enjoy the completion of this challenging endeavor. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for his success.

  188. Alejandro Esparza
    January 11, 2014, 2:37 pm

    Impressive and inspiring expedition, a display of physycal and mental strenght

  189. Marcin
    January 11, 2014, 2:21 pm

    What an awesome guy! I love the idea and the power he has within himself. Keep my fingers crossed for you Olek!

  190. Neil
    Alexandria, VA
    January 11, 2014, 1:19 pm

    OGR – Old Guys Rule! This is a fantastic journey and should soon be completed by his US arrival. I can’t even imagine how he did all of this.

  191. Joe Kowalski
    Ottawa River
    January 11, 2014, 1:04 pm

    As a fellow “Polack” and in my mid ’60’s, I am very impressed.
    As for the finger nails and toe nails, it could be a fungus because of all moisture. My wife’s homemade treatment is soaking in white vinegar if it’s on board. Good Luck!

  192. john bauchman
    new smyrna beach fl.
    January 11, 2014, 12:41 pm

    What a incredible feat, hope I am going half as strong as Olek when I am his age.Smooth seas, Olek

  193. Matt Mcglahlin
    January 11, 2014, 12:39 pm

    I can’t wait to retire!

  194. Stefan Danielski
    January 11, 2014, 12:36 pm

    Go, Olek. go. Everyone is with you, man.

  195. Stefan Danielski
    January 11, 2014, 12:35 pm

    Go, Olek, go. Everyone is with, man.

  196. Mary Kay Estep
    January 11, 2014, 9:36 am

    I envy his solitude. I wonder if he’s looking forward to dry land and civilization or dreading it.