Washington to Australia: Rower completes Pacific trek


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Eleven months after first pushing away from the dock at Neah Bay, Washington, Jacob Adoram just completed the longest-ever solo, non-stop, unsupported row across the Pacific Ocean.

“It was rowing, sleeping and eating,” Adoram told KOIN 6 News via Skype. “That’s about it.”

From July 7, 2018 to June 8, 2019 — a total of 336 days and more than 7000 miles — Jacob Adoram was out alone on the water. 

“I was at a point in my life where I wasn’t quite satisfied with the direction of my life and my career,” he said. 

So the Eagle scout and Air Force pilot hatched a plan just as his days in the military were ending. It was time to tackle the world’s largest ocean.

“It was the most difficult planning endeavor I’ve ever encountered,” Adoram said.

It took years, in fact, to plan, design and build Emerson, a 28-foot boat that could right itself and carry enough food supplies for Jacob for about 10 months. 

In the final weeks, he had to ration his nutritional supplies. 

Jacob Adoram rowed solo across the Pacific Ocean from Neah Bay, Washington to Australia in 11 months, finishing June 8, 2019 (Courtesy: Water Mission)

Throughout his trip, Adoram has been raising money for Water Mission, a non-profit that helps provide clean water in developing countries.

The weather didn’t always cooperate, either. Adoram ran into Tropical Cyclone Ann in the southern hemisphere.

“I got a 15-20 foot wave that broke directly onto my boat and rolled me 90 degrees, ripped the oars off the side of my boat, cracked the oars, water rushed everywhere,” he told KOIN 6 News. 

But nearly 11 months after he pushed off, the mountains of Queensland came into view. Even his arrival had to change on the fly as strong winds forced him away from the bay and onto Trinity Beach.

“I jumped out of the boat to touch land,” he said. “My legs did not work properly and I promptly fell underwater.”

What once seemed like an impossible dream is now a journey for the history books.

“I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” he said.

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