Lewis Colam’s reception in Palm Coast on March 20, when he was just 17 days into his 1,400-mile trip along the Intracoastal and the Eastern Seaboard, seems bigger and sunnier than the one he got Tuesday in New York City, where Colam finally ended his heroic journey in the shadow of an aircraft carrier in New York Bay. But Colam, whose slight frame and virtual lack of experience before the trip led more than a few experienced boatmen to wonder about his chances, completed the heroic journey, raising $30,000 along the way for Alzheimer’s research.
It took 101 days. He had no rowing experience when he started. His feat now ranks him among the most experienced and daring rowers in the world. He had no sail, no engine, nothing more than a sleeping bag and a tarp for sleeping accommodations, which often found him in his boat along the way.
Here are some awesome facts about Lewis’ trip up the East coast:
- Rowed over 2,000 miles. Finished in 101 days.
- Completed row in a Little River Marine Heritage 15.
- Solo row – no support boat, motor, sail, or fellow rower. Lewis mostly slept on board.
- No prior rowing or seafaring experience.
- Over $30,000 raised in support of Alzheimer’s research.