Gerard d'Aboville rowed his yellow and black boat "Capitaine Cook" into Brest Harbour on Sunday morning (21 September) at the end of a 73-day solo crossing of the Atlantic.
LV & GV M. Gerard d'Aboville rowing his boat "Capitaine Cook" into Brest Harbour surrounded by press and navy vessels (2 shots)
SV PAN Navy launch being rowed in harbour
GV & SV d'Aboville with son in rowing boat "Capitaine Cook", rowing into Brest Harbour (2 shots)
GV PAN Brest Harbour with crowds of spectators waiting for d'Aboville to land
SV PAN d'Aboville walking on quayside to reception where he pours champagne into sea (2 shots)
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Background: Gerard d'Aboville rowed his yellow and black boat "Capitaine Cook" into Brest Harbour on Sunday morning (21 September) at the end of a 73-day solo crossing of the Atlantic. The 5,200 kilometres (3,250 miles) he covered from Cape Cod was the longest row by one man ever recorded.
SYNOPSIS: M. d'Aboville obtained sponsorship for his attempt from a canned goods manufacturer. He than set about building the "Captitaine Cook" to his own design, based on an Eskimo kayak. Its seaworthiness was proved at the start of the crossing when the boat was turned over several times in storms.
The inspiration for M. d'Aboville's journey came after he rad the account of the 92-day trans-Atlantic row by Captain John Ridgeway and Sergeant Chay Blyth in 1966. He was convinced their boat was too heavy and too unwieldy for the journey.
M. d'Aboville set out from Cape Cod on July 10, rowed at a steady rate of between 12 and 15 hours a day -- and celebrated his 35th birthday on board.