South African Zirk Botha set out from Cape Town on 19th December 2020 on his boat “Ratel” heading for Rio de Janeiro. The 59-year-old has now set a world record by rowing an astonishing 7200km unassisted in 70 days.
Sponsored by juwi Renewable Energies, Zirk completed the amazing journey in support of sustainable development and promoting renewable energy as a solution to environmental issues.
Incredible to think he completed this feat on a 6.5m boat with flexible solar panels and solar-charged batteries providing the power. What an accomplishment.
“I wanted to use #Row2Rio2020 to spotlight the impact of fossil fuels and irresponsible consumerism on the planet, which will be the home of our children and future generations. Renewable energies are essential to a sustainable future.”
“During my entire row I was 100% self-sustaining. This provides a perfect showcase to support the message that 100% renewable energy is the solution. I am totally reliant on solar panels and solar-charged batteries as the source of electricity for my water maker (desalinator), auto-pilot, safety equipment, radio and satellite communications equipment.”
Follow Zirk on Facebook and read the accounts of his amazing journey.
Source: Zirk Botha Facebook
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