Hi. My name is Erden Eruç. I recently completed a five year journey around the world under my own power.
This dream kept welling up inside me since 1997. It became a quiet obsession. Circumnavigating the globe was a powerful dream. I wondered if I could really do it with my body as the only engine.
Life went on. Back to normal. Predictable. I had bills to pay and responsibilities, but the dream was still very much alive inside, yet I kept delaying it.
Then I met Göran Kropp. "Ultimate High," was a book I had read about his journey from Sweden to Nepal to climb Everest in 1996. He had bicycled that distance with his climbing gear in tow. He was already a famous adventurer when I met him at a presentation in Seattle. We were kindred spirits. His first question to me was, "when are you starting?"
On our first rock climb together in eastern Washington in 2002, the unthinkable occurred. I had Göran on belay and he fell ripping out his protection. I had the end of his rope but there was nothing I could do to stop his fall. A friend and an inspiration would die on my watch. This tragic event shocked me into action. It was time to begin! There could be no more excuses. When I spoke to Nancy about my intentions to get on with the journey, she said: “you must.”
I recently completed my human powered circumnavigation of the globe in just over five years. Along the way I had traveled over 41,000 miles, rowed across three oceans, traversed three continents by bicycle, climbed two mountains, and spent almost 780 days alone at sea in my rowboat (summary document). I have experienced so much on this journey, met so many people, and been touched by such kindness and generosity that it has changed me.
Now, it is time to share these stories and much more through this documentary film.
I believe the lessons that I learned along my journey will touch all of us, children as well as adults. If anything, I would like to share with the world that “life is short, dreams never end; anything is possible.”
And that life is a gift. Live it!
Now that this part of Erden's journey is over, Erden and his team are dedicated to sharing his story. That's why we want to produce this documentary. We want to thank those who have volunteered and supported him all along. Erden is well aware that while he was the visible face of the journey, it could not have been possible without the universal kindness that he received all around the world. This documentary is Erden's way of giving back to them and being able to share this journey with you.
This is a message of hope and possibilities. We want to challenge our audience to believe that one stroke at a time, oceans can be crossed. That one step at a time, childhood obesity reduced. That with a clarity of purpose, a dogged determination, a dash of stubbornness and the audacity to believe that one can, we can muster the courage to act on our dreams. That determined individuals acting together, is a force with which to reckon.
For in the end...through one man's determination, we truly see that "anything is possible, for anyone, at anytime in life!"
How much do we need?
We're asking for 50,000 USD. With that money we'll be able to assemble from the vast amount of film and photos and written journals Erden's story. We feel it's enough to get us started. We would like to do better than that!
Please know that 50K will only allow us to tell one aspect of Erden's story.
As storytellers we're not satisfied with just stopping there. As storytellers we want to bring you glimpses of the heroes behind the journey, as well.
With additional funds, we'll be able to interview important people who've played a big part in supporting Erden and motivating him in this journey.
And we'll be able to dig deeper into Erden's life and story.
So, conducting such interviews by traveling to various locations and really fleshing out the story to include those behind the scenes, well, that will cost money.
Rest assured, every dollar we're able to raise will go right back into this documentary. The devil is in the details -- technical needs of the process including sound, original sound track, titling, editing, color correcting, where a bit more money will get you a much bigger bang in the end.
And that's what we want to do, make the best product that we can.
So when you look at the swag to the right that we have available, and I think there is some very cool swag there, please keep in mind that not only are you getting something for your contribution but you become a part of the team too! We will proudly put the name of everyone who contributes $30 or more in the credits.
Thank you from all of us who support Erden and this new journey that we will take together. And help us in this campaign to share our dream.
MEET OUR TEAM
Erden Eruç -- Of course you don't know him. Well you do a little from the above information, but that's why the rest of us are here.
Dannul Dailey -- I've spent most of my life, a good 35 years of it on stages around the country, from NY to Seattle, in Broadway musicals and road shows. I've worked across the country as a director, actor, choreographer, writer and producer.
I've spent the last 15 years freelancing in the film and video industry working every job there is on the set, behind the camera and in front.
I've written many feature length films. Half a dozen shorts. All in various stages of production.
David Marriott -- Music Composer. David's talents are rich and diverse as an accomplished jazz musician and composer. Dave has his doctorate in Film Scoring from New York University. www.redraspus.com
Graeme Welsh -- Graeme is a member of the Board of Directors at Around-n-Over and a supporter of Erden's. He has years for volunteer time in fundraisers and golf tournaments to benefit the Seattle Children's Hospital.
Bill Hinsley -- Chairman of the Board of Directors at Around-n-Over.
Kevin Mullarky -- Kevin is also a board member for Around-N-Over as well as a teacher, serving the Seattle area for the past 20 years. And a seasoned captain at Argosy Cruises in Seattle.
Nancy Board -- Vice President of Around-n-Over and Erden's wife.
Sample media coverage
Outside Magazine feature article on Erden's journey in their February issue:
Around the World in 1,026 days
July 26, 2012 Press Democrat, Sonoma County
What fueled Erden Eruc's around-the-world voyage?
Recent television coverage:
May 23, 2013 WUSA -- Game On with David Owens (after 0:30) Washington, DC
Feb 05, 2013 KING5 -- Evening Magazine, Seattle, WA
May 29, 2012 KPLC -- Evening News, Lake Charles, LA
Ocean Rowing Society's page for a detailed log of Erden's journey:
Last but not least, please take the time to peruse Erden's summary document.
Sampling of noteworthy accomplishments
Erden was recently awarded the 2013 CITATION OF MERIT by the prestigious Explorers Club during their annual black-tie dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York, sharing the podium with other explorers including James Cameron, John Glenn and Scott Carpenter. The Outside Magazine included him among their roster of 2013 ADVENTURERS OF THE YEAR.
- Raised about 100K in charitable contributions for educational projects.
- Recognized by the Guinness World Records as the first person to solo circumnavigate the globe under human power.
- Spent 876 days to cover just under 29,000 nautical miles on the world's oceans in the same rowboat.
- Rowed the Atlantic Ocean solo between the Canary Islands and Guadeloupe in 96 days in 2006.
- Rowed the Pacific Ocean solo between the shores of California and the waters of Papua New Guinea: 5,514nm as the crow flies, 9,684 nm total. His 312 days in 2007-08 was a new Guinness World Record for longest time at sea for a solo ocean rower. An additional 20 days of effort on the Bismarck Sea brought the rowboat to PNG shores.
- Rowed the Indian Ocean mainland to mainland in two hops: from Carnarvon in Australia to Mahajanga in Madagascar in 137 days in 2010, longest distance rowed on the Indian Ocean, then the Mozambique Channel in another 26 days to Angoche in Mozambique. This completed the first ever mainland to mainland crossing of the Indian Ocean.
- London based Ocean Rowing Society declared Erden Eruç the first person to have rowed three oceans.
- Rowed in 154 days from Lüderitz in Namibia to Guiria in Venezuela in 2011-12, completing the first ever transoceanic crossing by human power from the southern hemisphere to the northern also the longest distance by human power on the Atlantic Ocean, and also the second ever mainland to mainland crossing of the Atlantic by human power from Africa to South America.
- Rowed the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico from Venezuela until landfall on the shores of Louisiana in 2012. His 1,709 nautical miles on the Caribbean Sea was the longest and the only adjudicated row in those waters.
- Bicycled 5,546 miles roundtrip from Seattle to Alaska and climbed 20,320 feet (6,194m) high Mt. McKinley (Denali), Sea-To-Summit by human power in 2003.
If you have Google Earth, please spin the globe to follow Erden's track in red: http://www.around-n-over.org/track.kmz
Risks and challenges
Our team will be working very hard from our launch day to reach our goal and fell very confident that Erden's story will appeal to you and those you share it with in the coming weeks.
As you may know, the way Kickstarter works is, only when the total of all pledges reach our fundraising goal in the time we've designated for our campaign, are you charged your pledge. Only then do we receive the funds everyone has pledged...
If we don't hit our goal, you will not be charged under the Kickstarter guideline.
Of course that doesn't mean we won't give you a shout after the Kickstarter is over and offer you the same incentives directly. Feel free to contact us any time on our Castaway with Purpose website.
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