6-weeks of final preparations to Moksha and infiltrating the local
nightlife Steve and Jason departed Lagos on Oct 13th 1994. However,
a week out to sea the borrowed video camera - the primary means
of documenting the voyage - proved faulty. This precipitated stopping
into the town of Funchal on the island of Madeira to make emergency
stop was Miami, Florida. The Atlantic had never been pedaled from
East to West and Steve and Jason had a combined total of around
10-days of sea experience between them. Luck was their best friend:
in the first month they had a near miss with a shrimping trawler
and a nightime visit from an invisible sea-monster (probably a whale)
that threatened to capsize the boat by using the centreboard as
a scratching post.
nearly lost his life after being washed over board by a rogue wave
that capsized the boat mid-Atlantic. From that time on he and Jason's
relationship deteriorated, illustrated by the number of words they
would exchange in an average day: in one 24hr period the total was
just 10 words!
supplies were started to get scarce by time they were nearing the
Caribbean, prompting them to make landfall on the island of Providenciales
in the Turks and Caicos Islands on day 97. Disaster struck before
they were able to reach shore in the form of Moksha grounding on
the coral reef surrounding the island. Luck again came to their
aid and washed Moksha over the rocks to safety.
final stretch was a 500-mile pedal through the Bahamas to Miami.
here to find out more about this section
of the voyage.
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