Amazing adventure: Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean

Since a few month now, we are constantly observing the progress of an amazing project: Four adventurers of OAR Northwest are rowing(!) across the Atlantic Ocean from Dakar to Miami. The project aims at educating (young?) people towards a sustainable and healthy lifestyle. It also supports a high number of research projects.

The team allows us to take part in their adventure via social media and the partly dramatic accounts show that this project is not only a “metaphor for important life lessons” (Adam Kreek), but that it is literally an example for reasonable management of very limited resources.

It is also a great example of excellent team spirit, keeping a positive attitude, and stay motivated, despite overwhelming challenges and a seemingly endless task. And there is one particular picture, that shows this more than any words:

Oar Northwest's heartThat is right, the crew spend almost two days on painting a heart with their trajectory, after being caused to leave their course for some reason. Despite the fact that there potentially is a longer and more profane story behind this, this picture has become a symbol for caring about beauty in your actions to me.

Learn more about this exciting project and lessons you can draw from it on http://oarnorthwest.com. And if you wonder, how this relates to Software Engineering, you can find a more specific answer here.