At some point, the Coast Guard has to say, “That guy again?”, but a French-born kayaker with a custom-made boat and an irrepressible desire to put himself in danger attempts a solo voyage across the Pacific for a second time.
You may remember the story of Cyril Derreumaux, whose attempt to row to Hawaii in June 2021 was hampered after spending several miserable days in choppy surf, unable to move about 50 miles off the coast of Santa Cruz (or apparently to eat or drink). He called an emergency rescue by the Coast Guard on day 6 and then took smiling photos with his rescuers.
Now, a year later, the 45-year-old adventurer has been on the road again since this morning, trying to complete the 60- to 70-day journey unassisted in a 23-foot boat equipped with a sleeping cabin, navigation equipment, a mini- desalination machine for water and a sea anchor, in the hope that nature won’t put a spanner in the works for him again.
He still appears to have the longtime girlfriend he mentioned in reporting in the press of last year’s trip, interior designer Ashley Redmond – although he conceded that one reason he didn’t immediately make a second attempt last year was the stress this project puts on her.
Derreumaux said the ChronicleRegarding the canceled trip last year: “I had to admit, yes, I don’t think I was prepared.”
Since last June, he’s apparently been doing more training off the California coast and spending time “improving the logistics.” And as of Tuesday, he’s paddling off the coast of Monterey, this time having started from there rather than his homeport of Sausalito.
You can follow his progress in real time on this website. And below he shows his “watermaker” yesterday before his departure.
This remains an insane endeavor for someone with a particular death wish, and as Derreumaux said last year, ‘The question arises, what if I die? month adventure? For me it’s worth it. But I can’t really explain why.”
The solo voyage from the California coast to Hawaii has been made by a few other half-crazy people in recent years, albeit in boats much larger and more powerful than the narrow boat Derreumaux uses.
In the midst of the pandemic two years ago, British rower Lia Dutton completed the voyage after 86 days and two capsizes. Last year one of the world’s best ocean rowers, born in Turkey Erden Eruc departed from Crescent City and reached Hawaii in 80 days, from where it continued to Guam and the Philippines.
Australian Heather Taylor made it 40 days on a voyage from Monterey to Hawaii but, like Derreumaux, had to be rescued amid choppy surf.
The pandemic has really fueled these extreme adventurers, with an overall 19 people who have attempted rowing across the Pacific last summer, including a group that competed in the Great Pacific Race – which Derreumaux competed in back in 2016, completing a series of SF to Hawaii with a crew of four in 39 days.
Before Eruc successfully made it to Hawaii, only one man had completed a series from California to Hawaii, and that was El Gillet in 1987 – in a store-bought kayak with the help of a power kite. He completed the trek in 63 days.
The Pacific is notoriously rougher and more unpredictable than the Atlantic, which has seen many more of these solo oars over the years. But since it’s the “less rowed ocean,” as one rower put it, trying to get to Hawaii has become an attractive feat.
Let’s see if there are as many attempts this summer as last year.
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