This is the incredible story of one heroic man s battle against almost impossible odds. Gerard d Aboville was 45 years old when he set out to row across the Pacific Ocean, from west to east, from Japan to the U.S. But the challenge of the Pacific -- twice as vast as the Atlantic & several times as dangerous -- would not be denied. d Aboville s rowboat was 26 feet long, with a small watertight living compartment & basic cooking & commun. equipment. In mid-July he set out from Choshi, Japan, & rowed 10-12 hours/day, battling headwinds, a cyclone, & 40-foot waves. Finally, 134 days later, he came ashore at Ilwaco, WA, bruised & battered but unbowed from his battle with the ocean. Photos.
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Gérard d’Aboville is the first man to row across two oceans solo: the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. He crossed the Atlantic in 1980, traveling from Cape Cod to Brittany. At the age of forty-five, he spent one hundred and thirty-four days at sea in order to cross the Pacific, traveling from Japan to Washington State. He currently lives in Paris.
Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). In 1981, he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast. He currently resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
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Original Language: French
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