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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.Language Notes:
Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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