Adventurer Will Row Across Atlantic Ocean From Chatham Back To France


CHATHAM, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A French adventurer is preparing for the arm workout of a lifetime.

29-year-old Guirec Soudée will cross the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Cod in his 26-foot boat, the Romane, traveling more than 3,000 miles back to his native Brittany, France.

Soudée is waiting for the right window of weather before he casts off, rowing ten to 15 hours a day for 80 days and only sleeping for 30 minutes at a time. He said the trip will be anything but a pleasure cruise:

"It's very slow, you're always wet, the boat is not very comfortable, it can capsize," he said.

Still, the adventurer said he's doing the trip just for fun — not for attention for to raise money. "If you want to do something, just do it," he said.

The Romane will be stocked with a hundred days worth of food.

The voyage is hardly Soudée's first toe in the water. He rowed across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean this past winter between December and February.

Soudée also crossed the Atlantic alone in a sailboat at age 22, sailed the world from the North Pole to the South Pole, and spent four months stuck in an icepack in Greenland, among other adventures.

Right now, he and his boat are moored at First Light Boatworks in Chatham.

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Written by Chaiel Schaffel


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