British Canoeist is a Picture of Persistence
A British man crossed the Pacific alone. And, he lived to tell about it. Jim Shekdar recently became the first person ever to row across the Pacific Ocean unassisted.
His voyage began in Peru on June 29, 2000.
He rowed alone in a small boat called "Le Shark", traveling about ten miles a day and covering more than 8,000 miles total.
On March 30, 2001 - 274 days after he started- he arrived safely on the other side of the Pacific, near Brisbane, Australia.
Not long after he set out, Shekdar realized that he'd forgotten his tool for opening tins of food.
Later on in the journey, he ran out of cooking gas.
By the time he reached Australia, his provisions had run dangerously low, and he'd lost more than eighty pounds.
Shekdar's weight loss hadn't deterred the sharks, however.
On ten different occasions during the voyage, the oceanic predators had literally rammed his vessel.