2012 Jury Member

The Rolex Awards for Enterprise

Location: Brazil

Amyr Klink
Brazil, Born 1955

Hailed as a hero in his native Brazil, Amyr Klink has set world records with his maritime exploits, which he has brought to life in his many evocative books.

As a child, Klink’s fascination with the world’s oceans was fuelled by exploring the islands around his home in Paraty and by reading about Portuguese and other great navigators.

In 1984, he was the first to cross single-handedly the South Atlantic Ocean, rowing a small boat from Namibia to Brazil’s state of Bahia in 100 days. The feat was chronicled in his book One Hundred Days Between Sky and Sea. Five years later, he sailed from Brazil to the Antarctic, completing the first solo wintering there, and then proceeded directly to the Arctic Circle, finally returning home after a total of 642 days. He recounted the expedition in his book, Paratii – Between Two Poles.

In a 2003 expedition, he took only 78 days to complete the first non-stop, solo circumnavigation of Antarctica, a continent he has visited dozens of times. A graduate in economics and business administration, Klink today is a polar consultant and popular motivational speaker for entrepreneurs and students.

“A man must travel on his own, not through stories, pictures, books or television, but with his eyes and feet,” he says.

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