Rowing the Atlantic: Sad news received at midpoint
|01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, August 1, 2004||
French adventurer Anne Quéméré is more than
halfway home as she continues to row across the Atlantic, bearing the sad
news that her maternal grandmother -- her "first fan" -- had died last
Quéméré, 37, crossed the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Guadeloupe in 56 days last year. She left Chatham, Mass., on June 3 this year, aiming to reach the coast of Brittany in France before September aboard a 24-foot boat, built in France and
outfitted in Jamestown. If she completes the west-to-east crossing, she would become the first woman to cross the ocean in both directions, alone and unassisted.
Tuesday, Quéméré was locked inside the cabin of her boat, nicknamed Sardine, stuck in a northeast wind. It was then that she received the news of her grandmother's death.
The wind kept up Wednesday and Thursday, but Quéméré was able to make some progress, rowing through much of both nights.
Finally, on Friday, the northerly wind eased with the arrival of an anticyclonic front and intense heat. Quéméré reported that she had stripped down to "small apparel" and was covering herself with sun screen. She was drinking six liters of water a day.
Since she left Cape Cod, Quéméré has rowed 2,293 miles, but she has drifted about 600 miles backwards.
Passing the halfway mark gave her some encouragement, and the appearance of visitors left her in wonder, she said.
"Since yesterday, dolphins of all sizes and species have formed a ceaseless ballet around me," she said in her Friday report.
After 58 days at sea, Quéméré was 1,572 miles from Quessant Island in France yesterday. Her position was 43.386 north latitude, 40.200 west longitude.
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