Two University of Puget Sound graduates are part of a four-man crew that shoved off from the Republic of Senegal at about 2:30 this morning with plans to row to Miami.
Former UPS rowers Jordan Hanssen and Pat Fleming departed the African country and plan to row unassisted 3,569 miles across the Atlantic. Also on the crew are Canadians Adam Kreek, a 2008 Olympic rowing gold medalist, and Markus Pukonen.
Hanssen was part of an all-UPS crew that rowed across the North Atlantic in 2006.
This expedition, sponsored by the Canadian Wildlife Federation, was originally scheduled to start last month, but was delayed as the crew waited for the arrival of its boat. According to the OAR Northwest’s Facebook page it took 78 days for the boat to get to Africa. Hurricane Sandy played a role in the delay.
The crew plans to conduct research during the exhibition while sharing information and stories on their website, oarnorthwest.com