By Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux

The outstanding actual tale of 1 man's heroic conflict opposed to most unlikely odds to pass the titanic Pacific.

This is the awesome actual tale of 1 man’s heroic conflict opposed to very unlikely odds, a story of soreness and discomfort, bravery and utter solitude, a story that results in a victory not just over the implacable ocean yet over himself in addition.

At the age of forty-five, Gerard d’Aboville got down to row around the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the us. Taking his rowboat the Sector, which had a dwelling compartment thirty-one inches excessive, containing a bunk, one-burner range, and a ham radio, d’Aboville made his means throughout an ocean 6,200 miles large. although he rowed twelve hours an afternoon, battled cyclones and headwinds that saved him in a single position for days at a time, used to be capsized dozens of instances forty-foot waves that hit him like cannonballs, he by no means hand over; even if he was once trapped the other way up within his cabin for nearly hours whereas approximately depleting his oxygen attempting to correct the boat.

One hundred and thirty-four days after his departure, d’Aboville arrived within the little fishing village of Ilwaco, Washington, leaving his physique bruised and battered, and weighing thirty-seven kilos much less. this can be his story.

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Just think, what if everybody decided to do what you’re doing! ” I had gotten my first lesson in the mentality of the Japanese bureaucrat. Francesco Iacono, Sector’s marketing director for worldwide sales, explained why his company was sponsoring the event. Then he passed the microphone to me. As I had in Paris, I began by showing the route I planned to take, explaining the reasons for the northern choice and for picking Japan as my point of departure. I also ran through the communication devices I had on board, the solar-operated radio and the telex that would communicate via satellite.

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