Aleksander 'Olek' Doba hangs his flag while preparing his kayak, Olo, in Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Friday May 27, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba eats food which was delivered while preparing his kayak, Olo, in Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Once on the water, Olek will eat freeze dried food, protein bars, and filtered water for nearly five months. Friday May 27, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba works into the night before the morning of his departure preparing his kayak, Olo, in Liberty State Park, New Jersey. Friday May 27, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
a portrait of Aleksander 'Olek' Doba at the New York Explorers club, New York. Olek gave a speech and talked about his trip before stemmed adventurers on the final evening before his departure.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Prior to his speech at the New York Explorers club, Aleksander 'Olek' Doba and his wife share a tender moment. Once on the water, Olek spends nearly five months in seclusion, communicating via satellite messenger systems.
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba ceremoniously pours champagne onto 'Olo' at the New York Explorers club the evening before his departure, New York.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba celebrates with friends and family at the New York Explorers club on the evening before his departure, New York.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba in Times Square, New York.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Staging his fully loaded kayak in the Libery Yacht Club marina, Aleksander 'Olek' Doba spent his final night in a hotel with his wife before his departure the next day, New Jersey.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Staging his fully loaded kayak in the Libery Yacht Club marina, Aleksander 'Olek' Doba spent his final night in a hotel with his wife before his departure the next day, New Jersey.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba attaches a deck bag before giving final interviews to media and departing the Liberty Yacht Club, New Jersey.  Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba offers final interviews to media before departing the Liberty Yacht Club, New Jersey. Olek had to leave at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba offers final interviews to media before departing the Liberty Yacht Club, New Jersey. Olek had to leave at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba says a final goodbye to his wife before departing the Liberty Yacht Club, New Jersey. Olek had to leave at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba paddles to sea on the Hudson River in front of the Manhattan skyline. Olek left at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba paddles to sea on the Hudson River in front of the Statue of Liberty. Olek left at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson
Aleksander 'Olek' Doba paddles to sea on the Hudson River, leaving behind the Statue of Liberty. Olek left at 1:07pm because it was auspicious timing, which sent him straight into maximum ebb. Saturday May 28, 2016.  Photo/David Jackson

Aleksander Doba in NYC

Photo gallery from Polish adventurer Aleksander's Doba's May 2016 launch of a third trans-Atlantic kayak crossing

Photography by David Jackson

Last May 29, 2016, Aleksander Doba, at age 69, set out from New Jersey’s Liberty Park in his custom super-kayak and paddled past the Statue of Liberty trailed by a fleet of well-wishers including Polish television, a documentary crew and a sizable component of New York’s Polish community in hopes of successfully launching his third paddle-powered crossing of the Atlantic Ocean (his first from west to east). C&K contributing photographer David Jackson was on hand for the media send-off. Unfortunately, The wind and currents in New York Harbor exposed the vulnerability of the custom-built kayak he fondly calls Olo. The craft is built to withstand ocean storms and has kept Doba safe and relatively comfortable for more than three-quarters of a year at sea, but with a full load of provisions it weighs 1,500 pounds and is about as aerodynamic as a garden fence. Two days after his festive sendoff and still within sight of Lady Liberty, Doba and Olo went aground at Sandy Hook, cracking the kayak’s hull in several places.

Read more about Doba’s latest 2017 launch of the New York-to-Lisbon expedition, as well as his weather-bound setback.