Paddling French women make it half-way to Canada

5th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

The three women have crossed the middle of the Atlantic and paddled over 2,300 kilometres.

Bordeaux – Three French women who set off a month ago to cross the Atlantic on paddleboards have made it half-way to Canada, their support team said Wednesday.

"At 0533 GMT we crossed the middle of the Atlantic, which means we have covered 2,346 kilometres and we have 2,346 kilometres to go," Yves Parlier, skipper of a catamaran accompanying the paddlers, told AFP by phone.

Stephanie Geyer-Barneix, 34, Alexandra Lux, 23, and Flora Manciet, 25, have each been paddling for two hours, four times a day since they left Capbreton in southwest France on 5 July aiming for Cape Breton in Canada.

"Morale is still high even if it's difficult," Geyer-Barneix said by telephone.

"There isn't too much sun, the ocean is rough and fatigue is setting in."

The three women, all surf life-saving champions, have named their endurance test "Cap Odyssey." There is no prize money or trophy, only the dream of accomplishing something no one else has ever tried.

The boards are long, light and narrow, the same used for rescue operations on ocean beaches.

The paddlers sit on their knees, leaning forward, or lie on the board, each arm stroke propelling them through the water at a speed of around four kilometres per hour (2.5 mph).

With nowhere to store any gear, the women are equipped with the bare minimum, including dry-suits, an electronic beacon and an emergency flare.

The crew of five on their support vessel includes an osteopath who will study the physical effects of the relay.

AFP / Expatica

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