Top

Adventures

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

THIS IS IT! Now I have the feeling that this Pacific chapter is closed. I took my things and for the first time since 2018.14.07. left the boat physically and mentally. ???????? Honarary Consul of Latvia in Malaysia Mr.Leong orchestrated on

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Just graduated the Open Space University of the Pacific Ocean. From South America to Asia????‍♂️ Precise stats will come later, but it was almost 2 years in the making! Just wanted to express my gratitude to those, who rowed together! Family and friends???? Supporters,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

28.06.2020 around 17:00 (UTC+8) Malaysian???????? time and 13:00 Latvian???????? time I will start to row ????‍♂️across Malacca strait (will turn on the tracking device more frequent signal, so You can see the location on the web page) Busy with ships,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I have to avoid getting into Singapore waters, because rowing ????‍♂️ is forbiden with the law there, check the pic with red line as the border. I can see the high buildings in Singapore from my location.???? The other pic

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

More info regarding the anchor party⚓! Those, who clearly didn't understood my previous post. During the night anchor snaped, broken, finito, arrividerici, dosvedanja, čau, Rasma! So I drifted in wrong direction, but when the tides calmed down. I calmed down too and

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Although I'm quite close to Malaysia ????????(78 nm in the straight line) those miles will not row them selves ???? For the past few days the tides have been tricky. To escape negative drift I had to anchor in 14

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The wind and the current are pushing me towards Malaysia. Approx. 235 nm to go. I’m waiting for the announcements on the 9th of June and hoping that they will open the borders and harbors. Fingers crossed.

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The island of Belitung doesn’t make it easy to get ashore. During the night, I was pushed away by a storm and tide. I was rowing hard and from the heart. I have arrived on the smallest island jet -

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

For a couple of days I was scanning the horizon for a piece of land, but with no luck until today. The small pancakes in the sea are clear indicators that I am approaching the island of Belitung. It feels

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

This is something new! A tanker parked in the middle of the Java sea. If I had seen it during the night, I would have thought that I’m dreaming, but there it was, under the bright sun. Or wasn’t it?

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

At last, the Java sea has changed its face and the long days of struggling against the current are behind me. I’m cruising with favorable current and wind and heading to Belitung island.

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The conveyor of the favorable current is out of business. Tides are starting to push me around both physically and mentally. The favorable current was a strong allay. Now things will be less predictable and there is only one way

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Long forgotten feelings. I have found a favorable current. It’s tasty as a gulp of fresh air, when you open the tent door. This morning I was faced with a mighty storm of more than 20 knot magnitude, but the

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

North-West point of Sulawesi! Wouldn't lie, if I would tell You, that this was planned to reach by 20th of March!!???? Wouldn't lie, if I would tell You, that I have mixed feelings regarding the Celebes sea????????! Haha, ok, someday, I

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Coastal rowing is underrated. With Ocean rowing boat, which is not the quickest to manoeuvre it's quite risky. For those, who likes the moment of discovery, there are plenty. Every new bay opens something magical. I love it! Ahh, yeah,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

As You already know, I'm rowing????‍♂ along the coast to avoid the counter current➡. I'm thinking weather it really makes my life easier????????Ok, ok, the main thing is that I can anchor or tie the boat to the buoy for

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Celebes sea currents ain't no joke! Sometimes, not often, I have to row????‍♂ back➡ to continue forward⬅! This happened few days ago, when I got too far away from the coast. The countercurrent stopped my progress, tried next day my luck,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

After 40 hours waiting ????????‍♂on the buoy the headwind dropped during the night, so I????‍♂ rowed under the moon from 1am to 5.30am. Speed was like in the "good, old days"???? It was still dark, but managed to find new

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Yesterday, after the post with fishing house the wind dropped, so I was excited to row some more nautical miles. Weather forecast seemed to be ok, I even dreamt to reach the horn. It wasn't big of a distance for

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

This is hilarious. I rowed for about 4 hours and then hit a "wall"???? My intended route????‍♂ is to row around north tip of Sulawesi island. Didn't I knew that there gona be wind about 10-12knots? I knew, I just wanted

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

On 29.02.2020 I'll restart #aroundtheworldbyhumanpower from #indonesia to #malaysia it will be around 3000 km / 1620 nm. How far is 3000 km? . Row together, grow together! #gRowTogether #boredofborders #rowingthepacific #oceanrowing

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I have a lucky buoy! I started at 4:00 in the morning and finished at 22:00. 18h of gymnastics with oars. I almost missed Sulawesi. It all ended in a classical way - to get into the bay, I had to

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

There it is, the Sulawesi island. Yesterday, the currents “let go” and I could row SW. Today, I can get only S. I need just a little bit more, to hit the Sulawesi jackpot.

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

If the conditions are right, it takes about 2 days to cross one meridian (60nm). Once, even 20h were enough. The Eastern length of the 128th meridian will stay in my heart for a while, because it took me 11

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The mission was to approach the land, so I wouldn’t get blown too far East. I had to pass two bays because of head-wind and cross-streams. One of them was only 200m away, but I couldn’t get close, no matter

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

One day, the ambient temperature dropped to 29 degrees Celsius and it felt a bit chilly. It seams that I have completely tropicalized. Fortunately, I have a sauna at home, will have to live in there :)

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

After 3 days of whirlpool with frontal waves and occasional thunderstorms, the wind from the South is back to move the vast amount of water. It helps a lot. Thanks! I have sailed into Indonesian waters!

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I’m approximately 40nm from the shore. Far enough, so I can peacefully sleep during the night, and close enough, so I can feast my eyes on the horizon during the day with a tasty mountain ridge curling along the shore

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The rain is pouring down and something is pushing me back towards Madang. I hope this will not last long, because this is a good week in general. I set a new distance record - 61nm/24h, met 2 fishermen boats

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Closer to the pass between Bismarck/Solomon sea, the traffic is more dense. Ships are coming one after another. Thankfully, they are respecting the small boat and keeping their distance. #238nmToMADANG

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

If you by any chance are planning a vacation in the Solomon sea in the beginning of July/end of August, you can leave the sunglasses at home. Instead, you should pack water and wind-resistant suit and warm socks. The washing-machine continues

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Vakar te līksmi gāja. 90% vēja no dienvidiem un 10% no austrumiem. Nonesa no kursa. 15h airēju no sirds un no rajona. 10h lietus. ————————— Yesterday was fun. 90% of the wind came from the South and 10% from the East. It

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Without going into philosophical details, there is a concept in martial arts (I have a bowline belt) about using the free energy. It means that if you are pushed, you should pull and not push back. I have turned towards

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

It seems that I won’t make it around the Southern part of Louisiade islands, because the wind has pushed me North, but the speed is a bit better here. 20 nm ahead there is some kind of a reef. I

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

To see an island so close and do not stop seams quite rich! :) The sky must think that I’m a mushroom That’s the only explanation for the regular showers I get. #897nmToPNG

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Today the festival is taking place on multiple stages. I started rowing at 6.30, now it’s 22.20 and I just crawledd into the cabin. The main goal was to get down towards SW, to get around the far S point

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Coconuts, garlic, onions, ginger, papayas, bananas, green paprika, cucumbers and lemons are piled up in the boat. Today I continue to PNG. The locals here are very friendly and helpful. I am the 6th tourist on the island this year :)

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Almost a month has run by since I untied from the buoy on the beach of Tuvalu. The distance rowed, though, has nothing in common with running :D but everything goes on! This evening there were fireworks of stars! #1290nmToPNG

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The wind-mill and the rain stopped for a moment to take breath before the next performance. The Sauth-East wind has become quite constant and luckily enough it lets me steer to S/SE. For the first time since leaving Tuvalu I

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

14.06.2019 The Southeast wind is very generous. While standing by the oars I’m in a constantly spinning washing machine. The waves are coming from the side, but I’m managing to move a bit down. I have made an unforgivable mistake by

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Yesterday I practically didn’t see the sun at all. Clouds and rain. On the positive note, they were accompanied by the wind and waves that pushed the water. At one point I reached a speed of 10,5 knots! It’s been

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I am not on a shipping route, but it seams that I’m crossing an airway route. 4 planes flew over in one day, and 3 of them had no smoke tail. What does it mean? During the night the wind stopped

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I just received a message, that the government of PNG has fallen, so I have to row slowly to give them time to get their affairs in order before my arrival. Today I’m really slow. The body is once-again adapting to

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

One of the missions on the island ????is to find 9kg oat flakes for the next rowing ????????‍♂️stage. It seemed to be impossible, because after checking all the shops I managed to have hold on only 0.6kg. All the flakes

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I have crossed the laguna. The boat is tied to a buoy. I was immediately visited by local children. Now there are 5 islanders on the deck. I haven't been on the land yet. The lagoon took all of my energy.

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

00.20 I see huge waves coming out of nowhere. Surf growls like a hydroelectric station. I’m rowing around the island to wait for the tide on the lee side. It will suck me into the belly of the lagoon through the

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Sunset of the future. Everything goes black and, before the moon turns on his high beam headlights, right on my course you can capture a slight reflection of Tuvalu. Though I can’t see it yet, the island is there. After 5h. As

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Rowing over the international date line, I have in fact lost one day and practically have stepped into the future. It is still extremely beautiful here. I’m continuing in the direction of the island. #30,1nmToTuvalu

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The island is only a couple of meters above see level and will be visible only some kilometres from the shore. This knowledge doesn’t change the fact that I’m frequently looking over my shoulder in the direction of the land. #70,8nmToTuvalu

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I went to sleep, wishing to dream to existence a favourable current toward the island. At 3.20 I woke up, because the waves and wind were rocking the boat. Waves? Wind? I flew out of the cabin and grabbed the

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

This day was a slow one.Two times slower than usually. Some weird current is slowing me down. But the direction is right. The speed is not important. The direction is. #152nmToTuvalu

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Little sharks are intelligent fish, nevertheless they totally didn't understand my backward route loop. This morning the boat glides perfectly, guarded by a dolphin family. Have a spring-like holidays! #190nmToTovalu

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I have turned the boat down, south, towards the Tuvalu island. The distance isn't too long, but it’s quite responsible. I have to catch the island! Join me with good thoughts and virtual presence at the paddles to support Plecs and

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Each floating object in the Ocean in time creates a small ecosystem around itself. There are 5 small sharks in my ecosystem for about 2 weeks now. =) They are about a meter long and not too aggressive, but occasionally

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Half-way. Half-way doesn't count when it's only half-way from one island to another and also when it's halfway around our beautiful planet Earth. Damn! Bu it is half-way around the planet with no engine or sails. An endless sense of gratitude takes

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Its head was about 1 m wide. Its mouth was about 80 cm. It was 4 m long, gray, with white spots on her back and a white belly. It was very friendly and spent 3 hours with me and

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Tahuata and Hiva Oa had not yet disappeared as the island of Ua-Pa emerged above the horizon. Right now I paddle past it. While I'm resting on the island, the Ocean is running into a no-brainer. 43 nm 24 h! Lets

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

THE SHORE! I laid on the ground. I was given water with lemon slices, fresh mango, topa and juicy coconut. Polynesian beads were put around my neck and a song was sung in the local language accompanied by a guitar,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The waves are hitting the shore with all that they’ve got. They continuously bombard the rocks with avalanche raids. It’s a good thing, that I'm at a safe distance. 7.14 nm to the pier.

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Fantastic night! Imperceptible blackness, from time to time some rain, that wakes me up rain, and then silence. Beautiful and alive moment! As it turned out, the headliners of this night’s festival is the group Milky Way. Its soloist the moon,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I switched off for almost 2h. Not bad. The current from the NA has pushed me down again. I rowed back. Now I should get some more sleep but it does not come. That would be like going to sleep

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I rowed all day long against the waves and in sidewaves, just to keep the distance to the rocky shores of the island. From the moment when the sun goes down, until the moon rises higher and glimpses the ocean,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

The south face of Hiva Oa is a real miracle. Black rock teeth, steep rocky slopes with trees on them. In my favorite green color. So beautiful. I can’t remember ever seeing anything like that. The thrill of this experience

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I was visited by a small (about 2 meter long) but very aggressive shark. It had a damaged fin, a reminder from another battle. It followed me and tried to hit the boat, but the boat is strong. I defended

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

260nm to Hiva Oa! Today I was visited by civilization - a small fishing boat and French Polynesian Coast Guard Helicopter. The pilot got close enough, to see that both my thumbs were pointing up - everything is fine, I

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

If some kind of a nuisance (a zig-zag current, that can’t be explained, because the map clearly shows a strait-forward stream towards West) is happening for 2 days straight, there is at-least one good thing in all of it -

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

I jumped up from the rowing bench. I couldn’t believe my eyes. There was a huge pizza floating approximately 20m from the boat and it was getting closer. Yes, a month away from civilization can also cause hallucinations. When the

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Handbook "How to prepare for ocean rowing”. 1. Start getting ready in autumn when it's colder and damper. Get dressed in the morning as usual for work in the office. Then go out into the yard and pour 2 buckets

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

A couple of days ago, full moon forced the clouds away, rolled out a carpet of light and said hallo. I stopped rowing and absorbed the view. It is a megamoment. It is a gigamoment. All I can do is

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

“gRowTogether” is the next stage of traveling around the world without an engine, without any sails, only on human power. Crossing the Pacific Ocean in a rowing boat solo from Lima, Peru to Cairns, Australia. The distance is 15500 km.

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

After the Ocean gifted us with too many golden sunsets, we decided to cycle back into the desert, inland one more time. Soon we reached the Nazca city. It's name is derived from the Nazca culture that flourished in the area

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

We' ve been rolling already more than one week in Peru. The villages and cities are more distant here, so when we can found one, we stay for the night load up our water and food reservs. It is really

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Due to the health problems we had to stay in Cochabamba for more than planned. Getting out of the valley was quite steep and we were unsure whether we will be able to find some place for the night. Pedalling

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

We had chance to experience how Bolivians celebrate the day of the Sea. That might sound strange at first moment - why the country without sea border are celebrating this kind of event! The locals told us why and we're

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

We finally rolled out from Santa Cruz de la Sierra with the Cochabamba on our minds. The dream come true day come for Linda soon :) Since the beginning of this tandem journey she dreamed about midday swim in lake,

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

Before reaching the border in Corumba (Brazil) we had to cycle through Pantanal National Park. It meant 225km in 2 days and limted acces to civilization (haha, we will soon learn what does that means in Bolivia :D). The road

South by Tandembike and Rowing Boat

After Pedro Luiz saved our souls in Assis (host us, feed us, updated our camping and bike equipment), we headed to Vārpa. No, You didn't misunderstood, it's Latvian name of the place in Brazil, state of Sao Paulo. In the