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American Oarsman to Row from Scotland to Iceland

American adventurer Chris Duff, who boasts 25 years of rowing experience, is planning to row from Scotland to Iceland by himself for three months this summer. He has embarked on five journeys such as this before and written books of his adventures.


Duff is planning to embark on his long journey on June 20. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

“The boat which I made myself is six meters long. The sleeping quarters are in the front and the storage at the back. When I go to sleep I’m actually inside a water-proof chamber,” Duff described to Morgunbladid, adding that the boat is unsinkable.

“The boat is built in such a way that even if it overturns it always flips back up. It has eight water tanks which all fill with water if it starts to flood,” he explained. The preparations have taken four years. “I hope for the best but prepare for the worst.”

Duff visited Iceland along with two of his countrymen in 2003. They sailed around the island and the journey made Duff want to return. “I love the nation and country.”

He plans to embark on his journey on June 20. He will pass the Orkneys and Shetland before continuing to the Faroe Islands and from there to Neskaupstadur, east Iceland.

Click here to read about South Africans who are currently encircling the country on a kayak.

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