Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux's Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, PDF

By Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux

The brilliant precise tale of 1 man's heroic conflict opposed to most unlikely odds to go the monstrous Pacific.

This is the significant actual tale of 1 man’s heroic conflict opposed to most unlikely odds, a story of soreness and pain, bravery and utter solitude, a story that leads to a victory not just over the implacable ocean yet over himself to boot.

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 residing compartment thirty-one inches excessive, containing a bunk, one-burner range, and a ham radio, d’Aboville made his method throughout an ocean 6,200 miles large. although he rowed twelve hours an afternoon, battled cyclones and headwinds that stored him in a single position for days at a time, was once capsized dozens of occasions forty-foot waves that hit him like cannonballs, he by no means surrender; even if he used to be trapped the wrong way up inside of 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 is often his story.

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Sector also agreed — and I confess I had not expected them to — that there would be a minimum of prepublicity. No brass bands. No banners or streamers. And as for the name of my boat, instead of plain Sector, they could have insisted on something more commercial, such as Sector Sportswatches, especially since in France at that time no one even knew that Sector manufactured watches. They did manage to let it be known that they were sponsoring me, but they did it discreetly and with great elegance.

A native of Brittany, he had always rowed, he said. ” Long ocean crossings interested him, too, because he loves to design highly specialized boats. His Pacific craft was streamlined — it had the long seaworthy lines of a kayak and a high-tech cockpit with a roll-up canopy that could seal in the occupant in rough weather. A pumping system, using seawater as ballast, was designed for righting the boat in the event of a capsize. The boat had few creature comforts but all necessities: a stove, a sleeping place, roomy hatches for dehydrated meals and drinking water.

It was a critical situation, because the next day I was slated to be in Tokyo for a press conference. The unsmiling gentlemen filed back into the room, and it was clear to me that either no decision had been made or, if it had, the news was not good. Smiling, I greeted them with my ace in the hole, a photo album, including press coverage, of my 1980 Atlantic crossing, to show them both the nature and seriousness of my project. It was a propitious decision, for I could see that not only did they now understand but that I had offered the leader of the group a way out of the impasse without losing face.

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