Rowing for the planet and sustainable development,extreme adventurer and ex naval officer, Zirk Botha (59 years old) completed his solo transatlantic ocean crossing on his boat ‘Ratel’, from South Africa to Brazil in a world record of 70 days , over a total distance of 7200km or 4000 nautical miles (nm). After leaving Cape Town on 19 December 2020, Botha rowed into the small bay of Buzios just north of Rio de Janeiro, at 03:45 on 27 February 2021, South African Time / 22:45, 26 February 2021, Brazilian time.
24 days into his three-month row, South African Zirk Botha who is currently rowing alone from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, is now just off St Helena island and is heading west towards Brazil at the latitude of 18degrees South, longitude 1 degree East.
South African extreme adventurer, Zirk Botha, set off from Kommetjie slipway on the Cape Peninsula this morning, on his solo row from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, sponsored by juwi Renewable Energies. Botha had previously departed from Cape Town on 5 December, but had been forced to return to shore after severe weather conditions pushed him back.
59 Year-old adventurer, Zirk Botha, has returned to shore in Cape Town one day after starting his Row to Rio (#Row2Rio2020), as a result of unpredicted heavy South-Westerly and Northerly wind conditions that threatened to blow him onto the coast or backwards towards his starting point. Botha is now waiting in Cape Town for conditions to improve and hopes to be able to leave in a week, if the weather settles.
Adventurer Zirk Botha, rowed out of Granger Bay, Cape Town today, as he started on his epic 7000km solo trans-Atlantic row to Rio de Janeiro, a journey set to take him approximately 100 days in often dangerous conditions.
Capetonian, Zirk Botha, will depart on his 7000km solo trans-atlantic row from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro, on Saturday 5 December 2020, leaving from Granger Bay Marina, at 09:00. Botha will be the first person to attempt this Trans-Atlantic crossing alone.
Intrepid 59-year-old Capetonian, Zirk Botha, is currently making final preparations and counting down the days to his departure on a solo row from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro.