By Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux
The extraordinary actual tale of 1 man's heroic conflict opposed to most unlikely odds to pass the massive Pacific.
This is the exceptional actual tale of 1 man’s heroic conflict opposed to very unlikely odds, a story of discomfort and pain, bravery and utter solitude, a story that leads to 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 residing compartment thirty-one inches excessive, containing a bunk, one-burner range, and a ham radio, d’Aboville made his manner throughout an ocean 6,200 miles vast. 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 instances 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 can be his story.
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Alone: The True Story of the Man Who Fought the Sharks, Waves, and Weather of the Pacific and Won by Gerard d'Aboville, Paul Theroux