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Cape to Rio in a row boat for two

Cape to Rio in a row boat for two

When you put two of the world’s most extreme adventurers together there’s bound to be only one outcome: an event so epic that mere mortals quiver at the thought!

Braam Malherbe and Peter van Kets will be departing Cape Town on 1 January 2017 to row their way across to Rio de Janeiro – a distance of 6 700kms that will see them alternate in two-hour shifts, 24/7 for about three months! And they will be participating at this year’s Cape Town Boat Show.

These two need little introduction, but here’s a refresher: in 2008 Peter won the unsupported Woodvale Trans-Atlantic Double Rowing Race, and in 2010 he spent 76 days alone in a seven-metre rowing boat crossing the Atlantic – a journey of 5 438kms was the first unsupported row across that ocean by an African.

Braam has a host of significant achievements to his name; he was the first to run the length of the Great Wall of China, a distance of more than 4 200kms at a pace of a marathon a day for 98 days. He has also run along the entire SA coastline, a snip at 3 200kms!

Together these adventurers have each drawn an 85kg sled a distance of 888kms in a race to the South Pole, braving high winds and icy temperatures of -45ºC.

Braam and Pete are passionate conservationists, not surprising since they have had close encounters with what the worst Mother Earth can throw at you. The purpose of this latest adventure is to highlight the importance of protecting the Earth and mostly the plight of our oceans – on which all life depends.
• Ocean acidification is escalating at an alarming rate
• 50% of the air we breathe comes from the phytoplankton and it is under serious threat
• By 2050 we will have more plastic than fish in the oceans

Braam and Pete, are developing an App called the DOT App (Do One Thing), which goes live to the world in November. There are four pillars to the App, these are the most pressing issues facing our survival as a species: Waste, Water, Energy and Conservation.
Via the DOT App, they plan to get 2,3 million people following their journey (the amount of ‘pulls’ they will take to reach Rio). Their message is that we all need to ‘pull together’ if we are to ensure a sustainable future.

If you’re interested in meeting Braam and Pete, make your way down to the Boat Show taking place from 14 to 16 October. They’ll even be doing small demo rows around the V&A Waterfront Marina.

For more information follow them on
Braam Malherbe –
Twitter – @braammalherbe, Facebook – Braam Malherbe – Extreme Conservationist
Peter van Kets –
Twitter – @petervankets
Braam Malherbe and Peter Van Kets new expedition coming soon –

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