On the 12th of May earlier this year a new world record was set by the SAGA crew. They rowed from Portugal to Cuba and on their way stopped briefly in Las Palmas. While the crew was rowing across the Atlantic, people worldwide were generous enough to donate to Row For Water to help a good cause.
Together we have helped approximately 21.000 people in Somalia, by providing them with clean water for the coming 15 years.
After having rowed across the Atlantic ocean, the time has finally come to hand the donations over to our partners, who have built six water for us in Somalia.
The crew onboard SAGA was made up of these four: Jákup Jacobsen, Jógvan Clementsen, Niclas Olsen, and Isaac Giesen.
A feat with unexpected challenges
The journey was quite an experience for the crew, as well as for those who followed them on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean. Fish, whales, and birds were the only living creatures they laid their eyes upon for weeks, apart from each other.
On the journey various challenges arose, which forced the crew to make changes to their schedule. Arriving at Las Palmas after leaving Portugal, two of the crew members elected to step off the boat and put an end to their journey. This did not stop the rest of the crew from continuing their journey, and so the reduced crew of four continued on their journey.
When the crew reached their halfway mark across the Atlantic Ocean, the steering equipment broke on the SAGA craft. Luckily, the skilled and experienced crew members had prepared a backup solution, in the event that they should need it. This resulted in one man steering the craft at all times, whilst one man kept rowing. The crew worked in teams of two on each shift, with each shift consisting of two crew members.
Upon their approach to Cuba, the crew altered their plans, so that instead of rowing to Havana, they would row to Antilla instead. Upon getting even closer, the ocean currents forced the crew to arrive at Baracoa instead.
Jákup Jacobsen, Jógvan Clementsen, Niclas Olsen, and Isaac Giesen arrived in Baracoa with a new world record, having accomplished a feat out of this world! Their incredible achievement was the result of their muscles, persistence, will and courage!
You can still make a donation to the cause
It is still possible for you to contribute to Row For Water and our cause to build water facilities for the Somalian people. There are still many people who need our help, and for them, clean water is the most important factor of their survival.
Together we make a difference.
Click HERE to make a donation to Row For Water.