We salute Jacob Adoram Hendrickson for his courage, strength, persistence, and generosity! He has completed his journey across the Pacific Ocean to raise support for Water Mission. It is because of passionate third-party fundraisers like him that we can provide clean, safe water, sanitation, and hygiene solutions to rural communities and disaster areas. Below are some fast facts about his journey:
WHO: Jacob is a former Air Force fighter pilot. In early June, he completed a 7,145-mile rowing journey across the ocean. He has set the record for being the first person to row the entire Pacific, solo, without stopping to stock up on food or receiving any support. Jacob believes that his training as an Eagle Scout, a football player, a track and cross-country runner, a military aviator, and a recent cross-country cyclist prepared him for the journey.
WHAT: Jacob set out on a boat custom designed by professional naval architect Eric Sponberg. The boat was equipped with solar panels, water pumps, water filters, chargers, navigation devices, reflectors and lights, satellite communicators, cooking pots and canteen cups, a camp stove and a sport solar cooker, and a compass, among other things. Jacob rowed the boat using a sliding seat and oars, pulling and pushing a 2,590-pound boat, plus equipment and supplies, across the Pacific.
WHEN: Jacob began his rowing adventure on July 7, 2018. He arrived in Queensland, Australia, on June 8, 2019. He spent 336 days alone at sea.
WHERE: The planned route was from Washington state to Northeast Australia. He departed from Neah Bay, Washington, and touched land again on Trinity Beach, Queensland, Australia. He told a news anchor from FOXQ13 News, “The sunsets [in the Pacific] are just absolutely amazing out there with the pastels and the different shades of orange, purple, and red. The serenity out there in the middle of the ocean — it’s one of the most amazing things ever.”
HOW: Jacob rowed for an average of 12 hours each day. He told a reporter that when he started almost a year ago, he had a “romantic” view of his time at sea. He knew it would be a challenge, but he did not expect that getting back on the oars hour after hour would be treacherous. He pushed on, remembering that he was doing it for two reasons: to learn more about himself and the world, and to raise awareness about the global water crisis and support for Water Mission.
If you’ve been inspired by Jacob’s story, please support his fundraising efforts today.