(Reuters) - A French windsurfer, Raphaela
Le Gouvello, has completed the first solo
crossing of the Pacific from Peru to
43-year-old arrived in Papeete Monday
after traveling 4,455 miles in 89 days and
seven hours, her Web Site reported. She
has already completed solo crossings of
the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
was escorted into Papeete harbor by a
flotilla and met on the quayside by
Tahitian local government leader Gaston
have achieved something quite
extraordinary," he told Le Gouvello.
She followed the route of the famous Kon
Tiki expedition made by Thor Heyerdahl in
1947 in a papyrus vessel.
"home" for three months was a
7.80 meter board on which she slept. She
contacted her back-up crew in Paris twice
a day to report her position.
Gouvello completed the first crossing of
the Atlantic by a woman windsurfer in
2000, taking 58 days to sail from Senegal
to Martinique. Two years later she crossed
the Mediterranean from Marseille to Sidi
Bou Said in 10 days.
Fonte : www.bluefinz.com