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First stage: 8000 km across the Pacific Ocean in 80 days
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- Title First stage: 8000 km across the Pacific Ocean in 80 days
- Released 14/07/2003 1:24 pm
- Copyright Photos Odyssée du Vent - Raphaëla Le Gouvello
Extreme sports adventurer Raphaela Le Gouvello will windsurf across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Australia. Her epic journey starts in August 2003, with the first stage to Tahiti, Polynesia, to be reached after 80 days windsurfing about 4300 nautical miles or 8000 Km. Raphaela Le Gouvello used a windsurfer to cross the Atlantic Ocean in 2000, and the Mediterranean in 2002. Space technology will be helping her windsurf safer though her third and longest voyage. Flexible solar cells secure electricity while an innovative airbag system guards against capsizing. Both innovations were produced by European space industries as spin-off from European space programmes. The picture illustrates the trip’s three stages: First stage is from Peru to Tahiti, 4300 nautical miles or 8000 km, and to be completed during August-November 2003. Second stage is from Tahiti via Fiji Islands to New Caledonia, 2720 nautical miles or 5000 km, planned spring 2004. Third stage is from New Caledonia to Australia where the expedition will end near Brisbane, south of the Great Barrier Reef. When Raphaela Le Gouvello has completed her mission in 2004 she will have windsurfed more than 14,000 km.
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