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Katie Spotz

Pictured above is Miss Katie Spotz. And she is batshit insane. You see, Spotz, a Mentor, Ohio native, intends on rowing across the Atlantic Ocean – the whole way, man. No sails, motors, nothing. From Dakar, Senegal – located on the west coast of Africa – all the way to South America. That’s 2,500 friggin’ miles. It is expected that it will take Spotz between 70-100 days. That’s kooky talk.

Via a lengthy profile of the 22-year-old Spotz and her mission in The New York Times:

“I never thought I could do something like this,” said Spotz, whose attempt will raise money for Blue Planet Run, a foundation that finances clean drinking water projects around the world.

Sure, doing this for a worthwhile cause is admirable, to be honest, I’d rather sustain myself on dirty drinking water than even attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean. And here’s the kicker: she isn’t the first one to try to accomplish the feat. In fact, there are 109 documented crossings of the Atlantic, Pacific or Indian Oceans via rowboat. But that doesn’t mean that all attempts are successful.

Almost as many attempts have failed. Fifty-four ocean rowers were forced to return home because of weather, technical or health problems since 2000. Another 48 were rescued, including several by United States Coast Guard helicopters, one by a French frigate and another by the Senegalese Navy. One American, Belic Nenad, was lost at sea in September 2001 during a solo row eastward across the Atlantic.

And I assume these people were somewhat experienced rowers. But not Spotz. She just started rowing last summer. I’m not seeing how this could be considered a good idea by any stretch of the imagination, but what the hell, right? You only live once.

So, best of luck to Miss Spotz. You have to admire her pioneering spirit, if not her complete lack of sanity. Go row, row, row your boat. And then row some more – for 70-100 days. Ah yes, merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, life is but a dream.

American Will Attempt to Cross an Ocean in a Rowboat [The New York Times]