(Note: these pages describe events which took place during May-September 2003, they are kept here as an archive.)
What Exactly Is Being Done?
The river Danube is 1776 miles long (2850 km) and flows through nine countries and more than fifty cities from Germany to the Black Sea. Its source is in the Black Forest of South West Germany and from there it passes through Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova and Ukraine and finishes in the Danube Delta on the coast of Romania. It is a river of immense importance to the countries and peoples that live around it; economicaly, culturaly and historically. It is also a river of huge symbolic value in uniting Central and Eastern Europe.
Over the course of August and September the two of us will attempt to row the entire navigable (to a rowing boat) length of the Danube in a double scull (2 person rowing boat). Something that to our knowledge has never been done before!
Our journey will begin at Ulm, near the source of the river and ends in Sulina on the Black Sea coast of Romania. It will take us 60 days, rowing over fifty kilometers a day and pulling at least half a million strokes, in a double scull custom made for the job.
The map below shows the route of the Danube.
Danube Map
A detailed itinerary of our journey can be downloaded here (pdf file). Note that this is only a guide and we may deviate from it considerably due to injury or other unforseen circumstances.
Our boat is being built by Baumgarten Bootsbau. We spent a weekend with them testing their Seagig boat. Below is a picture of the two of us before we rowed 40km in one.
Our boat
We are supporting WaterAid and the WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme:
WaterAid Logo WWF Danube Carpathian Programme
Wateraid is registered UK charity No. 288701 and WWF-UK is registered UK charity No. 1081247
Last updated: July 29 2003