Nude men abandon transatlantic paddle boat quest, again

What separates man from beast is not the opposable thumb. Even ‘possums have those, after all.

Dutch sailor Laura Dekker is less educated than the nude paddle boat crew, but selected a proper boat when sailing around the world alone. (AP Photo/Stephan Kogelman)

Dutch sailor Laura Dekker selected a proper boat for her 'round the world voyage. (AP Photo/Stephan Kogelman)

No, what makes humans truly unique in the animal kingdom is the ability to dream brave dreams, vanquish new, uncharted realms (cue Star Trek theme music) and boldly go where no naked pair of paddle boaters has ever gone before.

Such is the tale of clothing-challenged co-captains Kieran Sweeney, 26, and Callum MacDonald, 25, who hail from some place in England I’ve never heard of.

The BBC reports Tuesday that Sweeney and MacDonald were forced to abandon their quest of paddling a boat naked across the Atlantic Ocean, which is really big.

Food (not sun) poisoning and a helicopter rescue halted the noble mission, the BBC reports.

Also, the handmade 22-foot watercraft was getting slammed by waves reminiscent of “getting hit by a small car.”

The engineers, who prefer to boat nude to “reduce chafing” and may want to consider a Gold Bond Powder sponsorship,  will attempt a 4th nude crossing of the ocean later this year.

  • In other boating news: A 16-year-old girl with far less education chose her boat more wisely and managed to sail around the world alone.

11 comments Add your comment

Please Expalin

February 7th, 2012
3:47 pm


Good Grief

February 7th, 2012
3:53 pm

“someplace in Engalnd I’ve never heard of…”

Crackerjack reporting there, George.

Regardless of this not being a true “news” article, at least have the decency to not denigrate our allies and do just a tiny bit of research and say the name of the place. Good grief.


February 7th, 2012
5:16 pm

One would suspect that, in addition to chafing, sunburn would be a challenge.


February 7th, 2012
5:24 pm

Can we all say…”shrinkage.”


February 7th, 2012
6:44 pm

Yeah, but at least he didn’t misspell “England.”

My Two Cents

February 7th, 2012
6:49 pm

Wavedy Goat

February 7th, 2012
8:22 pm

Ooooooohhhhhhhhh NAAAAAAKIIIDDDD!!! With a Wangash!!!!

Furious Styles

February 7th, 2012
9:25 pm

Maybe they’ve never heard of compression athletic wear. Its very effective against chaffing.

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Good Grief

February 8th, 2012
9:07 am

Malcolm -
Yet another case of quick typing and fat fingers. My apologies.


February 17th, 2012
9:22 am

Would have rather seen a photo of the people the article is about, rather than Laura Dekker.