By Ted Olinger
Key Peninsula News 

KP Man Completes First Solo Row from U.S. to Asia


Last updated 5/5/2022 at 10:31am

Courtesy of Erden Eruç

Eruç's vessel at anchor under Mayon Volcano in Legazpi, Philippines.

Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç of Wauna, 60, made landfall at Legazpi City in the Philippines March 24, becoming the first person to row from North America to Asia after launching from Crescent City, Calif., June 22, with brief stops in Hawaii and Guam, on the first leg of his second human-powered trip alone around the world.

Eruç was headed to Hong Kong and points west across Asia and Europe, but adverse weather significantly slowed his progress across the Pacific. After stopping to make repairs in Hawaii he was forced south to Guam and planned to head from there to Singapore, before having to divert to the Philippines.

He rowed approximately 7,800 miles over 239 days, or about 33 miles a day.

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