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Quemere struggles to remain positive

01:00 AM EDT on Sunday, June 27, 2004

BY TOM MEADE
Journal Sports Writer

EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the fourth installment of weekly updates that run Sundays on Anne Quéméré's attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean from west to east.

The winds of an anticyclone late last week were pushing French adventurer Anne Quéméré to the south as she attempts to row across the Atlantic, alone and unassisted. Her books and radio were of little comfort.

"I know of no music that can fill the emptiness of these hours," she said in her report Friday.

Quéméré, 37, left Cape Cod June 3 in her attempt to become the first woman to row across the Atlantic in both directions. She made the east-to-west crossing last year.
This time, she's rowing a new 24-foot boat nicknamed Sardine. Her living quarters inside the boat are so cramped that she cannot sit up straight.

The only stretching she can do is at the rowing station where she often sits for 20 consecutive hours; she often rows for 18 of them.

In her report Friday, Quéméré was frustrated by her lack of progress.

"I'm so edgy, I can't make coffee," she said, "Perhaps some herbal tea."

Her supply of fresh food is long gone, so she is eating dehydrated meals. She said she has been trying to read, but rough seas make it difficult to focus on the pages.

She still can receive some radio stations in the U.S., so she has been listening to the news. "I have never known so much about world news," she said.

Friday, her GPS position was 39.870 degrees north latitude and 55.881 west longitude.
Over the weekend, her shore crew was predicting that the wind would shift to southerly, pushing Sardine where it should be.

Quéméré is aiming to reach her home in Brittany before September.

In her report before the weekend, she said, "I am trying to think positive."

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