We believe that society today puts too much focus on things like “faster”, “more” and “more effective”, often forgetting about processes around us and the impact our actions leave on the world we live in. We will take the “slowest way” to Rio, not just getting from one point to another by any means necessary, but rather noticing every mile of the ocean and making our way without any harm to the environment. 




In 100 days travel from Luderitz, Namibia,

to Rio de Janeiro, the home town of the

XXXI Summer Olympic Games, by a ocean

rowing boat. We will not use engines, sails or

any other external driving implements, and we

will travel without a support vessel, relying only

on our own strength for the entire route across

 Atlantic ocea.





May – August 2016




6000 km across the Atlantic Ocean fromLuderitz, Namibia to Rio de Janeiroby an ocean rowing boat. 



Kārlis Bardelis

The comfort zone of Kārlis is, without a doubt, being in the middle of an adventure. For now, his adventure portfolio holds a 60 days and 6247 kilometers long ride on cross- country roller skates from North Cape , the furthest Northern point of Europe, to the furthest Southern point in Gibraltar (2013). Kārlis has participated in „Pedal for no Medal” charity bicycle ride from Riga (Latvia) to Sochi (Russia), in 17 days cycling 2840 kilometers in winter conditions and raising more than EUR 8000 for the reconstruction of Children’s Hospital in Riga (2014). Also, he has crossed Finland on skies, for 250 km following the Polar Circle through a wild area (2014). In the summer of 2014, Kārlis participated in “Baltic Way” charity cycling marathon, crossing the three Baltic states in 24 hours and cycling 600 km.

Gints BarkovskisIn his previous incarnations, Gints had some important and some not so important jobs working in journalisms, film industry, education and private sector, including few years in an environmental resources management group where he shared his cell with Karlis. But there is much more to him that meets the eye – his adventure journal has records of Alps, Caucasus and Himalayas. His joyful attitude towards life and living has turned a page, and now there is only Atlantic ocean and nothing else, as far as you can see.Gints about himself: “The more I live, the more fun it gets. This is how I came across the yoga of laughter, and I suggest laughing from your heart as much and often as you can.”

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PLEASE, SUPPORT ONE ROWED KM BY DONATING 5 EUR AND PLACE YOUR NAME ON THE MAP (zoom in to check which km still availabl​e).

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Donations from legal entities:

Name: Jūrmalas alpīnistu klubs "9.3 Mezgli"

Account No. LV43HABA0551036868943

Registration No. 40008172652

Address: Nicas iela 3, Jurmala, Latvia


Donations from individuals:

Karlis Bardelis

Bank: Swedbank AS

Account No .: LV75HABA055100837355

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