MARCH 10 — A French woman is planning to windsurf solo and unassisted across the Indian Ocean.
Raphaëla le Gouvello, 45, took delivery of her sailboard Tuesday at a sailing club in Fremantle, Western Australia, a news release says. Le Gouvello plans to begin the 3,400–nautical-mile journey April 5 from Exmouth, also in Western Australia, the release says. If conditions are ideal, le Gouvello expects to complete the passage in 70 to 75 days.
The 25-foot board, which includes an aft cabin and forward locker space, is steered by a rudder, according to information on her Web site.The board is also equipped with a sink, shower, solar panels, GPS and VHF. Le Gouvello plans to take more than 200 pounds of dehydrated and freeze-dried food aboard.
Le Gouvello has been windsurfing since 1976, according to the site. In 2000 it took le Gouvello 58 days to windsurf across the Atlantic. She has also crossed the Mediterranean (2002) and the Pacific (2003).
Le Gouvello plans to end her passage at ReunionIsland, a volcanic island located in the southern Indian Ocean east of Madagascar, the site says.