From the archives: Air Force pilot to row solo across the Pacific

An adventurous Mill Creek man planned to row solo from northwest Washington to the west coast of Australia in 2018.


Last updated 5/17/2020 at 2:52pm

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Jacob Hendrickson plans to use his own strength and stamina to row a custom-made 28-foot rowboat across the Pacific on an 8-month journey to Perth in Australia beginning in July from Neah Bay. Hendrickson is an Air Force pilot who took on the challenge of the solo voyage after he became bored with flying combat missions over Afghanistan as a civilian contractor for the military.

Editor's note: Each weekend, the Beacon is republishing stories we think will be of interest to readers. Here's one from 2018 of an Air Force veteran from Mill Creek just before he went on a seafaring journey from Washington to Australia. Read it again, or if you're new to town, learn about one of Mill Creek's many veterans. Spoiler alert: he completed the journey!

First published May 31, 2018

The challenge for one adrenaline-fueled thrill-seeker will be how to explain to himself why in the world he chose to row his custom-made boat across 9,150 nautical miles from Neah Bay in Northwest Wa...

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