Cape Town 160105 Davey Du Plessis age 27 from Cape Town (082 493 2991) and his mother Robyn Wolff age 50 from Durban (082 414 3108) are paddling this boat from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro leaving on Friday 8 January. Photo by Michael Walker. Liz Clarke (083 262 6604) who works for Sunday Tribune has been following the stroy so may be doing somthing. The Atlantic Project is a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by means of a customised boat, powered solely by a pedal system with no engine or sail. Mother & son duo, Davey du Plessis & Robyn Wolff tackle the 6450km, 4 month crossing of the vast ocean passage. The Atlantic Project’s primary focus is geared towards addressing the current mass extinction of many species, caused solely by human-impact. We as a global society need to urgently and radically reassess our anthropocentric views, working towards eliminating our destructive, cruel and exploitative impacts on the Natural World. Photo by Michael Walker
Cape Town 160105 Davey Du Plessis age 27 from Cape Town (082 493 2991) and his mother Robyn Wolff age 50 from Durban (082 414 3108) are paddling this boat from Cape Town to Rio de Janeiro leaving on Friday 8 January. Photo by Michael Walker. Liz Clarke (083 262 6604) who works for Sunday Tribune has been following the stroy so may be doing somthing. The Atlantic Project is a crossing of the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Town, South Africa to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by means of a customised boat, powered solely by a pedal system with no engine or sail. Mother & son duo, Davey du Plessis & Robyn Wolff tackle the 6450km, 4 month crossing of the vast ocean passage. The Atlantic Project’s primary focus is geared towards addressing the current mass extinction of many species, caused solely by human-impact. We as a global society need to urgently and radically reassess our anthropocentric views, working towards eliminating our destructive, cruel and exploitative impacts on the Natural World. Photo by Michael Walker

Pedal boat setback: adventurer to try again

By Kamcilla Pillay Time of article published Jan 11, 2016

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Kamcilla Pillay

Adventurer and explorer Davey du Plessis will have a frustrating wait until November to resume his voyage to Rio de Janeiro after his boat was towed to shore at the weekend.

Du Plessis, 27, and his mother, Robyn Wolff, 50, left from Granger Bay in their pedal boat Herbivore, but because of high winds and heavy seas had to be brought back to shore by the NSRI.

Wolff had been suffering from acute sea sickness and was treated by the crew.

Shortly after the incident, in which they battled 4m to 6m swells, he said: “After eight hours of pedalling from our departure point and becoming very fatigued, trying to get further west, I deployed the sea anchor and was then at the full mercy of wind directions.

“Initially the south-easter wind was blowing us westward out to sea, but the change to a southerly wind began to push us north and towards the coast. After being on sea anchor for the night and following day, all we could do was wait.”

The mother-son vegan duo were expected to complete the 6 450km trip in three to six months to raise awareness for Extinction Six, which highlights the plight of species threatened by human-induced extinction.

Du Plessis said he and his mother had been well prepared for their adventure, but the weather had made things difficult.

“We weren’t in distress or danger. Because the boat is powered just by our movement, if the wind is pushing against us, pedalling becomes a struggle,” he said.

When he takes up the adventure again in November, Wolff will not be joining him.

“She’s very disappointed. She didn’t expect to reach her breaking point so soon. It’s tough,” he said.

Du Plessis has survived even more brutal challenges.

Two months into a planned solo source-to-sea navigation of the Amazon River last year, he was ambushed and shot while in the isolated jungles of Peru. He made his way wounded through the dense jungle, seeking rescue and safety.

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