Thursday, January 13, 2005

Kon-Tiki: The Next Generation

Maud Fontenoy a 26-year-old French woman set out in a row boat Wednesday on a 4,900-mile solo voyage to Polynesia from Peru, hoping to trace Thor Heyerdahl's epic Pacific crossing six decades ago aboard the balsa raft Kon-Tiki. She said she expected her journey to take five months. Her vessel, the Oceor, is about 23 feet long, with a sliding seat and oars in the middle and small cabins at either end. It is equipped with dried food and two water purifiers one manual and the other powered by a solar panel, she has a satellite phone and geographical positioning locator and beacon to summon help if she runs into trouble in her unaccompanied trip.
Fair Winds and Following Seas Maud.

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