|FYI — February 2003|
|By Brad Dunn|
A Word With...John
Q. What for you is the
best part about boating?
Q. Do any trips stand
out for you?
Q. Were the fish biting?
It was a gorgeous night, the moon was out, no wind. You couldn't have written a better story. That's what boating is about for me: good times and good people.
96 Days In a Row
In August Stein Hoff set off from Lisbon, Portugal, and rowed across the Atlantic Ocean by himself. Braving choppy seas and dicey storms, he arrived in Parika, Guyana, 96 days later as the first person in history to cross the Atlantic in a rowboat without assistance, according to the Ocean Rowing Society.
The 57-year-old Oslo native actually made it to South America a few days earlier than planned. After rowing across 3,700 NM of unforgiving ocean in his 23-footer, Star Atlantic II, he landed exhausted but in good health.
Hoff said the end of the voyage was the toughest. He was trying to land at Guyana's capital, Georgetown, but was overpowered by the currents.
"The last two nights were the most treacherous," Hoff said, according to the (Associated Press). "The currents were pushing me sideways, and I didn't know where I was going."
In the end, however, Hoff was proud of his oceanic endeavor. "It was pretty scary out there," he said. "I am glad I made it, but I had some pretty scary moments."
The U.S. Coast Guard issued an alert on the faulty vests in August and said only those models that use the Hammar model "MA1 Manual/Automatic Inflator" need to be returned.
No injuries or malfunctions have been reported since the alert was issued, and SOS said it moved quickly to recall the vests.
If you own a Millennium model SOSpenders PFD, contact the company immediately at (800) 858-5876 to find out if the unit has been recalled.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.