Sunday, May 20, 2012

Northern Reach

From Scotland to Iceland via Orkney, Shetland and Faeroe Islands.

I'd like to draw your attention to yet another traveler.

Chris Duff is one of those exceptional human beings who's will, spirit and ambition ride high on a cresting wave. He is famous for over 15,000 nautical miles of endurance kayaking, including a circumnavigation of Iceland, a solo circumnavigation of New Zealand and also Ireland. He also set the record for being the first person to circumnavigate Great Britain alone.

Last year this time he attempted the route of the Northern Reach but weather and high seas turned him back to Scotland. This year, with renewed spirit and training, Chris is once again part of the sea he loves:

"I am very capable but I am no match for the sea. Knowing this is essential. The sea is where I feel most at home, but it is a place that demands respect and a cautious approach. Every day from here on out will be very busy. It's all part of the adventure."

His boat is a modified Wayland Marine 19-foot Merry Wherry.
Hard to imagine, but Chris feels very confident of this boat in the open ocean.

I am in awe of this man and anxiously follow his journey on the website, Northern Reach.

Chris recently quoted  Erden Eruc:  "A man does what he can and destiny reveals itself."

How true.

I would include women in that equation. But a quote is a quote.

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