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Trans-Atlantic kayaker arrives after 6,000 mile journey

April 20, 2014:
New Smyrna Beach (FL) -- To the cheers of hundreds of supporters on the water in kayaks and on land, 67-year old Polish adventurer Aleksander "Olek" Doba paddled into New Smyrna Beach Marina on Saturday after a more than 6,000-mile journey across the vast Atlantic Ocean alone in a kayak.

Doba left Lisbon, Portugal, on Oct. 5 and battled storms, mechanical problems and open-water winds that blew him off course. His record-setting solo journey was interrupted when the rudder fell off his kayak Feb. 13 in the Bermuda Triangle and he had to stop in Bermuda to make repairs. Then, on March 23, Doba and his kayak boarded the ship The Spirit of Bermuda that took Doba back to where he was before a series of powerful storms pushed him hundreds of miles off his original course. He had been on the water ever since.

New Smyrna was chosen as the landing spot for Doba because his friend owns a condominium on North Atlantic Avenue and plans to take care of Doba there. Doba has probably paddled about 6,700 miles throughout the journey because of the sometimes circuitous routes he had to take and the countless miles he had to make up after being pushed back by storms.

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