Once in a while you meet someone who literally takes your breath away; this has only happened to me twice before, but today I met someone truly awe-inspiring. Aleksander Doba is a 66 year old Polish man who last year paddled his kayak across the Atlantic, from Africa to South America. Having survived 6 knock-downs and countless close calls with (big) ships, he arrived in Brazil after 99 days at sea. Barely pausing for breath he then set-out on a further 6,000 mile journey to Miami, via the Amazon. Unfortunately, whilst in the Amazon he was held at gunpoint and robbed of everything he had; he literally had the clothes he stood up in, and a badly mutilated kayak. Undaunted, he hitched a ride (kayak and all) on a fellow Pole’s catamaran, back to Europe. Right now he is towing his kayak from Brittany to Poland, where he will set about readying it for his next planned trip from Europe to Miami. I had to have a lie down after he told me this story – look him up, he is a complete living legend.
This makes our journey through the Raz de Sein seems rather pathetic; nonetheless, this was another major landmark for us, and truly opens up the cruising grounds of South Brittany.