Viktória and Gábor Rakonczay are two amazing people. These two young Hungarians rowed across the Atlantic, after raising funds, designing and building the boat themselves, and setting it in the water without ever having rowed in their lives. They survived a four-day storm so treacherous that a professional rescue team in a huge, specially equipped boat refused to go out and rescue them. They rowed in two-hour shifts, desalinated ocean water to drink, navigated the currents and waited out a windy stretch that blew them back 30 kilometers.
That’s not why they’re so amazing. It’s their ability to share what they learned on this journey, which most of us would call grueling and crazy, but which they found enlightening. They didn’t even train for the trip, physically. They knew that all would be decided “up here,” Gábor said, tapping his head during a presentation last night.
That is the key. The common goal, that of reaching the other side, was no longer just a goal but a necessity, when they were not hours, or days, but weeks away from land. “Our egos fell away and we made decisions together. We had agreed before we began that Gábor would have the last word if a conflict arose, but we never had to put that into use,” Viktória said.
The Rakonczays speak with humor and smiles, with a touch of shyness that comes from both their youth and their nature. They’re inspiring without even realizing it, and have that can-do attitude that’s all too rare in Hungary. They’re happy to be able to relive the experience and share their insights by telling their story. I think you’d like to hear it.
Find out more about the Rakonczays at www.rakonczay.hu, The site is in Hungarian, but you can email Viktória in English for more information about their motivational presentations, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This link is not sponsored.