"Jordan is a determined, fearless adventurer and an inspiring man"
- Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE
Jordan hopes to push the boundaries one stage further than his previous endeavours by becoming the first person on record to row completely unsupported across the Bab El Mandeb Straits (Arabic Translation; “Gate of Tears”) . The Bab el-Mandeb straits are a strategic waterway passage located between Djibouti on the Horn of Africa and Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, that link the Red Sea to the Indian Ocean via The Gulf of Aden. It is perhaps the most important, most dangerous and most geo-politically contested strait of water on the planet.
In recent years the United States, NATO and the European Union have all conducted intensive counter-terrorism and counter-piracy operations in the region which only highlights the risks and dangers posed to Jordan as he attempts this incredible world first.
Piracy, armed criminals, rebels and terrorism though, will not be the only challenges Jordan will face when rowing across this notorious passage. He will also have to deal with the prospect of the worlds largest super tankers carrying vital energy supplies to Europe, the oceans biggest sharks, venomous marine life and some of the highest levels of salinity in any ocean globally.
Although the stretch of water is only 18 nautical miles wide, there will be danger at every stroke of his oars which is why no person one on record has ever completed this highly dangerous, yet incredibly inspiring challenge previously.