NZ Winemaker Begins Solo Atlantic Crossing
26-year-old New Zealand winemaker Isaac Giesen, has just embarked on a roughly 3,000-mile journey, from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The “solo crossing is a feat accomplished by fewer people than have climbed Mount Everest.” The Wine Spectator reports.
“When he first told us that he would do this … we said, ‘Wouldn’t you rather go cycle up and down the country, or go across Australia, or from Singapore to London?'” said Giesen’s father, Theo, who is a co-owner of the family winery Giesen Wines.
The New Zealander “is rowing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an extreme rowing race usually held once every two years.”
“When he reaches Antigua some 75 to 90 days from now, Giesen will be the first Kiwi to complete a solo row across the Atlantic and, thanks to a trek from Portugal to Cuba with five other teammates in the spring, he is expected to be the first Kiwi to complete two transatlantic rowing adventures in one year,” according to the article.
The trained winemaker with a degree in viticulture and winemaking is “using the voyage as a platform to raise money for organizations that support mental-health awareness, research and counseling.”
After only one day out at sea Giesen already “raised nearly $43,000 of his $1 million goal.
Article Source: The Wine Spectator, December 13, 2018
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