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Battling French rower to cut short historic journey across Pacific Ocean

31 October 2005


SAN FRANCISCO - Rough seas will force a French rower who is on the verge of ending an epic solo ocean voyage from Japan to the United States to abandon plans to come ashore in San Francisco, his team said on Sunday.

With waves thwarting his progress in recent days, 32-year-old adventurer Emmanuel Coindre will instead likely land in the northwestern state of Oregon on Tuesday, spokeswoman Katie Kinsella told AFP.

He had been scheduled to come ashore in the California city of San Francisco on Monday but has been battling rough waters and unfavourable winds, his team said Sunday, the 128th day of his gruelling four-month journey.

But Coindre is still on course to claim what his team says will be a record by rowing alone across a notoriously stormy strip of the Pacific Ocean to the US coast.

“He will probably not come into San Francisco now as he feels he has basically been rowing but not making much progress in recent days,” Kinsella said, adding that the change of plans would not affect Coindre’s record.

Coindre has been rowing south off the coast of Oregon for several days heading towards San Francisco’ Golden Gate Bridge, which lies about 690 kilometers (430 miles) to the south.

Coindre set out from Choshi, Japan, on June 24. Officials will met him once he crosses into US waters and bring him ashore, Kinsella told AFP.

Coindre, 32, has averaged 17 to 18 hours of rowing daily during his voyage, which has been sponsored by watch-maker Jaeger-LeCoultre, according to his website. It will be Coindre’s sixth solo ocean crossing.

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