The ORS Int. is the official adjudicator of ocean rowing records for Guinness World Records


Friday 30th March to Thursday 12nd April 2001

A 28-year-old Frenchman is right now battling his way across the Atlantic in a rowing boat he restored himself.

  Emanuel Coindre set out from Playa San Juan, Tenerife [ correction - he started from Gran Canaria ] last week in a bid to cross to Martinique in the Caribbean in his odd-looking vessel, the Ville de Dinard, which carries little in the way of basic necessities and nothing of comforts. His food store consists of the same kind of dehydrated cuisine taken by astronauts. Coindre, a Breton sailing instructor, hopes to reach his destination in approximately seventy days.
The Frenchman is no stranger to single-handed unusual Atlantic crossings: at the end of 1999 he successfully made the trip in a glorified pedalo which relied solely on leg power. On that occasion he left from Mogán in Gran Canaria and washed up in Barbados on March 20, 2000.

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