Québec, July 18th 2017 – French-Canadian rower Joseph Gagnon (20 years old) and his Irish teammate Brian Conville (25 years old) are scheduled to land July 23-24 in Baltimore, Ireland after crossing the North Atlantic within a 40 day trip.
They left the port of Saint John, Newfoundland, Canada, on June 13, 2017 with the intention of going to France in 60 days, +/- 10 days, without stopover and in full autonomy, aboard an Ocean rowing boat. Different health concerns have forced them to revise their plans and to divert to Ireland which becomes their final destination. Since their departure, the rowers have a two hours shift on the oars, night and day. Apart from the advice of their ground crew, including a doctor and a weather router, they do not receive any other assistance to accomplish this feat.
At 300 nautical miles (600 km) from the Irish coasts, the rowers will face, this Tuesday, July 18, the most difficult weather conditions of their crossing with winds at 80 km / h and gusts at 100 km / h in a formed sea. Thereafter, winds will turn west and remain sustained, enabling them to move quickly to Baltimore where they are expected by their respective families.
Joseph has been working on this project since 2014. His goal is to cross the ocean solo in 2018. The 2017 crossing represents a perfect opportunity for him to acquire the necessary experience and knowledge. He hopes to become the youngest ocean rower in the world to have crossed the North Atlantic alone. As for Brian, this is his second experience of the kind since he crossed the Pacific in a crew of three rowers, as part of the Great Pacific Race 2016, between California and Hawaii. The need for adventure and the search for surpassing oneself are its main sources of motivation.
The boat they’re using was built in June 2016 from the Spindrift shipyards in Portownsend, WA. 22 feet long (7 meters), it is made of carbon fiber and resin, which give the boat lightness and robustness. The boat has a rowing station, a pair of spare oars, communication and navigation equipment, a survival raft, a diversified pharmacy in case of needs, 720 000 Calories of lyophilized food, of a floating anchor which limits its drift when the wind is unfavorable and it is impossible to row. On the boat, there is also a desalinator that provides water for the crew, 6 solar panels for electricity, an AIS transponder that makes the boat detectable and identifiable by the ships it crosses.
The public is invited to follow their adventure on www.josephalarame.com and on the Facebook page « Joseph Gagnon – Atlantique à la rame ».
Source : Claire Martin
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