Monday, January 12, 2009

British Adventurer to Row Around Antarctica

British adventurer, Oliver Hicks, plans to leave from Tasmania (originally planned to go from New Zealand, but they denied him permission) to row around Antarctica. He plans to row in the furious 50s (degrees latitude) in his boat called the Flying Carrot. It sounds like New Zealand denied his request because of safety concerns with other adventures in recent times having problems, but they fail to realize that some have been successful lately as well, such as Fedor who sailed around it on his own last year. The Tasmanian government also said it was dangerous, but they do not have the power to stop him like the New Zealand government does. Sure, I think it is dangerous, but there has to be adventurers out there taking risks for any progress to ever be made.

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