2 Simons Atlantic Project – March 2015
In February 2015, the row boat ‘Sevlush’ was being prepared in Puerto de Mogan, Gran Canaria for Simon Chalk and Semen Deyak to leave on Sunday 1st March 2015 to begin their Atlantic row as a pair.
On 1st March 2015, Simon and Semen left Puerto de Mogan at 1000hrs GMT for Barbados!
The 2 man crew of “Sevlush” have a great endurance and adventure background between them.
Simon Chalk (42). Currently living in Staffordshire, UK. Simon has to date (March 2015) rowed the Atlantic seven times and the Indian twice, skippering all number of crews and holds lots of Guinness World Records for his endeavours, including the “most ocean rows by one person”. This row with Semen will be his 10th ocean row – back to where it all started, heading out as a pairs crossing, which was what he did in 1997 with his very first ocean row on the Atlantic. Simon was named in the Top 10 Daily Telegraph “Adventurer of the Decade 2000-2010” and is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He has build more ocean rowing boats than anyone else during his time with the company Woodvale Challenge, and now works on his own rowing aspirations along with assisting many others in their own ocean rowing projects around the world.
Semen Deyak (53). Currently living in Krasnoyarsk, Russia. Semen is a retired Army Major with 22 years military service. In 2009, he sailed the South Pacific Ocean from New Zealand to the Falklands and round Cape Horn in a maxi yacht skippered by Russian adventurer Fedor Konyukhov. He enjoyed the sailing so much he went and did Cape Horn again in 2010. In 2011 he was part of a ski expedition to the North Pole and in the same year climbed the 9 summits of Ethiopia, all above 4,000m with Fedor. In 2012, he had an unsuccessful attempt to reach the Changtse Summit (at 7,553m), Himalaya, Tibet. Undeterred, Semen rowed solo the longest river in Siberia, the river Podkamennay Tunguska later that year, covering 1,145km in 25 days. 2013 saw Semen climb the highest mountain in S America (Mt. Aconcagua) reaching 6,800m; he also went on the Taymir Expedition in the Arctic region of the Karsk Sea, covering 1,700km in 30 days and in the same year went on a ski expedition to the South Pole and climbed the highest peak of Antarctica (4,892m). In 2014 he climbed the highest volcano, the Ojos del Salado in Chile, S America.
“Sevlush” is a 2-man pairs ocean rowing boat with two Atlantic crossings previously, with the most recent finishing in December 2014.
2 MARCH 2015 at 0900hrs: There have been some problems with the steering onboard ‘Sevlush’ so the boat is being towed back to Gran Canaria. More news to follow.
3 MARCH 2015: Simon Chalk and Semen Deyak have decided to postpone their rowing project until later this year. The steering problems they were having need to be addressed properly and a quick fix in Gran Canaria will not suffice for a challenging Atlantic crossing. The boat is being taken back to the UK and will have a new rudder and steering system installed. The ocean rowing season runs from October to March, so the plan is to return in Oct/Nov 2015 to complete a successful crossing with “Sevlush”.
Simon and Semen thank everyone for all the support and also many thanks to Brian Merrick on “Abandon Office”, the sail boat who kindly came to their assistance with a tow back to Puerto de Mogan yesterday.
The Atlantic is still calling and this unfinished project will be continued at a later date.