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Around and Over with Erden Eruç

Erden Eruç is the leading ocean rower in the world today. He is the recipient of the 2013 Citation of Merit from The Explorers Club, and one of the 2013 Adventurers of the Year – “nine individuals changing the face of global adventure” selected by the Outside Magazine. He is already listed in the 2009, 2012 and 2014 Guinness books of World Records.

Among his records are:
•   The first to complete a solo circumnavigation of the world by human power
•   The first to row the three oceans: Atlantic, Pacific and Indian
•   The first to row across an ocean from southern hemisphere to northern
•   The longest distance rowed across the Atlantic Ocean
•   The most experienced ocean rower alive with a career total of 876 days
•   The longest career distance rowed on oceans by nearly 29,000 nautical miles
•   The longest nonstop time at sea for a solo ocean rower by 312 days

He is a long-time Seattle resident and founder of the Seattle based 501(c)(3) nonprofit Around-n-Over with a mission to educate and inspire children. Human powered journeys are the source of their dispatches from the field. To date, Around-n-Over has raised and applied over $100k toward educational projects.

Erden recently completed the first solo circumnavigation by human power which took 5 years and 11 days. What started as a simple idea in 1997, tracing his finger across a world map hanging on the wall while working in a software development lab, would become his quiet obsession. An unfortunate accident which claimed the life of Göran Kropp while rock climbing together in eastern Washington in September of 2002, finally put him in motion. “Life is short, get on with it” was the message.

IN MEMORIAM – Six Summits Project

In memory of Göran Kropp, Erden decided to reach the highest summit on different continents except Antarctica. He would do so by human power as had Göran in his 1996 bicycle trip to climb Everest. In 2003, Erden summited Mt. McKinley after bicycling to Alaska towing his climbing gear like Göran and walking the length of the Kahiltna Glacier. During his circumnavigation by human power, he summited Kosciuszko in 2010 and Kilimanjaro in 2011. Aconcagua, Elbrus and Everest remain on Erden’s list of priorities over the coming years.

A TIMELY PROJECT – Row for Peace

Erden is teaming up with Australian and British partners in May 2015 to take his rowboat from New York to Gallipoli in Turkey. This will commemorate the Centenary of Gallipoli Campaign. Multiple flags will be flown on the rowboat to honor shared sacrifices, to celebrate reconciliation and to emphasize value of peace. By the summer of 2016, this memorial project may be over unless further funding enables rowing the boat back to the USA. Each of these rows will establish historic firsts and break existing Guinness records, making them worthwhile endeavors.

For more information visit Around-n-Over.org.

Date: May 6th, 2015

Time: 6:00pm Reception, 7:00pm Presentation

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Reservation Notes: Reservations are allotted on a first-come first-serve basis. To secure a reservation, please call us at 212.628.8383 or email us at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Member Tickets: Free

Guest Tickets: $20

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