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A Polish grandfather left New York Sunday on his third solo trans-Atlantic crossing in a kayak, aiming to arrive in Portugal in time to celebrate his 70th birthday on firm ground in September.Aleksander Doba paddled off from the tip of Manhattan after doing interviews and posing for selfies with a crowd of some 100 onlookers.A star at home, Doba gained global attention when he was named a National Geographic adventurer of the year in 2015 .At that point, he already had two solo Atlantic kayak crossings under his belt.On Sunday, he embarked on what he has called his "hardest" journey yet, a 3,700-mile (6,000-km) crossing through storm zones in the frigid waters of the North Atlantic.Doba won't let his age get in the way of his dream.Doba was dismissive about risks of the journey.
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