JAN. 4 — British adventurer Tristan Gooley likes to go the extra mile for what he believes in.
On Jan. 1 Gooley completed a double ocean crossing to promote education of the dangers of prostate cancer, according to the British marine publication, Yachting Monthly. He spent 26 days at sea.
On May 24, 2007 Gooley took off solo from Goose Bay, Canada, in a single-engine Cessna Caravan. Two days later, after refueling in Greenland, Iceland and Scotland, he landed in Oxford, England.
The good-natured Englishman says he also made the journey in memory of another adventurer, Steve Fossett, who at 63 disappeared flying over Nevada in early September, according to the Associated Press. Like Fossett, Gooley is now one of the few people to accomplish a double solo ocean crossing by plane and boat, according to Yachting Monthly.
Gooley arrived at Margot Bay, St. Lucia in the West Indies in Golden Eye, his Contessa 32 and decided to use the experience for a greater good.
“Men are notoriously bad at discussing their health issues. If my efforts lead one more person [into] learning a little about the disease of prostate cancer, it will have been worthwhile,” stated Gooley in the article. “It has been a difficult and unusual challenge, but that has been a large part of the attraction.”
Gooley is vice-chairman of the travel company Trailfinders, according to his Web site.
— Elizabeth Ellis