Expedition of the Year
The Team: Dave Midgley, Don Beveridge, and Darcy Gaechter
What: The first kayak-only descent of the world’s greatest river
How: A dream born on a cocktail napkin in a Scottish bar became the first kayak-only source-to-sea descent of the Amazon River. Starting from the newly recognized source on the Rio Mantaro, Gaechter also is the first woman to paddle the Amazon from top to bottom, 4,300 miles over 148 days.
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The Team: Russell and Graham Henry
What: Two brothers paddle 4,000 miles from Brazil to Florida
How: Paddling 4,000 miles to become the first pair to sea kayak across the Carribean was not about a record for the Henry Brothers, but rather about the people they met and adventures along the way.
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The Team: Erik Boomer, Sarah McNair-Landry, Eric McNair-Landry, and Katherine Breen
What: Crossing Baffin Island by ski and home-made sea kayaks
How: Two couples built Baffin Inuit-style kayaks to link traditional routes (plus a Class V whitewater first descent) across the world’s fifth-largest island in this 660-mile, 65-day adventure.
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The Team: Olek Doba
What: 67-year-old Polish adventurer’s never-say-die journey from Portugal to Florida
How: As the challenges mounted-relentless storms, a broken rudder and a communications gear failure that left him isolated for 47 days-Aleksander "Olek" Doba just kept paddling, grinding away at the 5,400 miles between Portugal and Florida.
More on Transatlantic Kayak: Story