National Geographic : 1971 Jan
In mounting the Ra expedi tions, I hoped to prove something not exclusively of the past but also of the present and the future. To share my adventure, I selected men from many nations, colors, and creeds, to show that such dif ferences do not prevent men from cooperating peacefully for sur vival. I saw such expeditions as scale models of our shrinking little world of tomorrow, where all mankind will have to live closer together. Of the seven who disembarked from Ra I ten months earlier, six of us now repeat the crossing in Ra II. Norman Baker, a 41-year old U. S. civil engineer, is the only sailor. The others: Mexican an thropologist Dr. Santiago Ge noves, 46; Italian alpinist Carlo Mauri, 40; Russian physician Yuri Senkevitch, 33; Egyptian skin diver Georges Sourial, 30; and myself, 55. Two new men are Japanese movie cameraman Kei Ohara, 40, and Moroccan businessman Ma dani Ait Ouhanni, 29. The extent of Kei's seamanship: He once rode a ferry across Tokyo Bay. Madani had previously been on the water only in a rowboat.