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Alone: The Man Who Braved the Vast Pacific and Won

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"On July 11, 1991, d'Aboville set out from Chosi, Japan, to row across the Pacific Ocean. One hundred and thirty-four days later, he entered the harbor channel of the Columbia River at Ilwaco, Washington, having rowed some 8000 miles. Although he had rowed the Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brest, France, 12 years earlier, the Pacific proved a greater challenge, with vicious currents, cyclones with 100 mph winds and towering waves that battered his 26-foot boat, Sector . But Sector had been designed to be self-righting--a vital feature, since it
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"On July 11, 1991, d'Aboville set out from Chosi, Japan, to row across the Pacific Ocean. One hundred and thirty-four days later, he entered the harbor channel of the Columbia River at Ilwaco, Washington, having rowed some 8000 miles. Although he had rowed the Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brest, France, 12 years earlier, the Pacific proved a greater challenge, with vicious currents, cyclones with 100 mph winds and towering waves that battered his 26-foot boat, Sector . But Sector had been designed to be self-righting--a vital feature, since it capsized more than 30 times. D'Aboville rowed 10 to 12 hours a day and lived in a watertight space 31 inches high, containing a bed, one-burner stove and communications equipment. Two desalination pumps provided fresh water, while solar panels fueled a ham radio and a computer telex. D'Aboville's description of his journey is a gripping story not just of physical endurance but of mental and spiritual fortitude."--Reed Business Information, Inc.

The amazing story of the man who rowed 8,000 miles across the stormy Pacific and lived to tell the tale. After months of preparation, 45-year-old d'Aboville set out from Choshi, Japan, on July 11, 1991, and finally, 134 days later, he came ashore at a little fishing village in Washington. Photos. Map.

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On July 11, 1991, d'Aboville set out from Chosi, Japan, to row across the Pacific Ocean. One hundred and thirty-four days later, he entered the harbor channel of the Columbia River at Ilwaco, Washington, having rowed some 8000 miles. Although he had rowed the Atlantic from Cape Cod to Brest, France, 12 years earlier, the Pacific proved a greater challenge, with vicious currents, cyclones with 100 mph winds and towering waves that battered his 26-foot boat, Sector . But Sector had been designed to be self-righting--a vital feature, since it capsized more than 30 times. D'Aboville rowed 10 to 12 hours a day and lived in a watertight space 31 inches high, containing a bed, one-burner stove and communications equipment. Two desalination pumps provided fresh water, while solar panels fueled a ham radio and a computer telex. D'Aboville's description of his journey is a gripping story not just of physical endurance but of mental and spiritual fortitude. Photos not seen by PW . (July)
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In 1980, d'Aboville crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat and lived to tell about it. Eleven years later, he yielded to his insatiable desire for adventure and, once again, on July 11, 1991, attempted to repeat the feat by rowing across the Pacific Ocean. The treacherous adventure took almost five months (134 days) to complete. D'Aboville's account of his voyage is a classic tale of man against the elements. Recounting incredible odds--typhoons, cyclones, numerous capsizings, and high winds, among other things--d'Aboville tells a tale of courage, adventure, hope, and survival. What his writing style lacks in excitement is more than made up in inspiration. For popular collections.-- Ann E. Cohen, Rochester P.L., N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781559702461
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/22/1994
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Gérard d’Aboville is the first man to row across two oceans solo: the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. He crossed the Atlantic in 1980, traveling from Cape Cod to Brittany. At the age of forty-five, he spent one hundred and thirty-four days at sea in order to cross the Pacific, traveling from Japan to Washington State. He currently lives in Paris.

Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar (1975). In 1981, he was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his novel The Mosquito Coast. He currently resides in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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