(Note: these pages describe events which took place during May-September 2003, they are kept here as an archive.)
What Exactly Is Being Done?
The river Danube is 1776 miles long (2850 km) and flows
through nine countries and more than fifty cities from
Germany to the Black Sea. Its source is in the Black Forest
of South West Germany and from there it passes through
Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania,
Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine and finishes in the Danube
Delta on the coast of Romania. It is a river of immense
importance to the countries and peoples that live around it;
economicaly, culturaly and historically. It is also a river
of huge symbolic value in uniting Central and Eastern Europe.
Over the course of August and September the two of us will
attempt to row the entire navigable (to a rowing boat) length
of the Danube in a double scull (2 person rowing boat).
Something that to our knowledge has never been done before!
Our journey will begin at Ulm, near the source of the river
and ends in Sulina on the Black Sea coast of Romania. It will
take us 60 days, rowing over fifty kilometers a day and
pulling at least half a million strokes, in a double scull
custom made for the job.
The map below shows the route of the Danube.
A detailed itinerary of our journey can be downloaded
here (pdf file). Note that this
is only a guide and we may deviate from it considerably due
to injury or other unforseen circumstances.
Our boat is being built by Baumgarten
Bootsbau. We spent a weekend with them testing their
Seagig boat. Below is a picture of the two of us before we
rowed 40km in one.
We are supporting WaterAid and the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme:
Wateraid is registered UK charity No. 288701 and WWF-UK is
registered UK charity No. 1081247