Alone: The Man Who Braved the Vast Pacific and Won

Alone: The Man Who Braved the Vast Pacific and Won

by Gerard D'Aboville, Gerard D' Aboville
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
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)
Library Journal - Library Journal
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.
Alice Joyce
Rowing solo across the Pacific Ocean in a 26-foot craft has to be one of the most daring feats imaginable. For d'Aboville, who had already crossed the Atlantic in the same manner, his subsequent journey--from a port in Japan to the coast of Washington State--presented an even greater (and more dangerous) challenge. On page after page of this journal, a palpable sense of the monstrous nature of d'Aboville's passage is revealed. But readers who wonder why someone would choose a grueling regimen of endless days spent rowing against incredible currents and brutal winds may find the answer eludes them. Even though d'Aboville attempts to describe the impulses that motivate him, a true understanding is perhaps not possible. Can this harrowing, ultimately successful adventure provoke any response other than awe?

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559702188
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
07/11/1993
Edition description:
1st English-language ed
Pages:
167
Product dimensions:
6.37(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.87(d)

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