Wednesday 22 th 2012
Sarah and her team finally jumped into the Atlantic for the big challenge. 22 th 2012 at 9am, local time, from Dakar is the beginig of a . 4000km race (2500 miles) for 25 day of crossing , a real human and sporting adventure.
Day after day, . You can follow the story of this extraordinary adventure through our logbook, published on the official blog of the crossing and the Facebook page of the challenge of Sarah Hebert, Windsurf Transatlantic 2012.
Day 1 - The big departure, at last .....
We have all been waiting for weeks, preparing and planning for the big event., and here it is. Starting yesterday , at 9am from Dakar, Senegal. As Sarah was facing this big ocean, Sarah exclaimed : "It's party, I can't stop it now !!
The air was full of tension but also amazing joy as the last preparations for the transatlantic were nearly done.. Rigging , the sail and tuning the board gave to Sarah an even greater feeling about what was going to happend. . The adrenaline took slowly over the stress as she carried her windsurf to the sea.. A last goodbye to all supporting friends on the beach, one last interview, and this was the start repeating : "Go gently Sarah, go easy , it will be long ".
Sarah had to wait at the end of the baie of N'Gor for Neptune the following Catamaran with ’ the, rest of the team. She could see the magic spot where perfect wave's were pleasing some luky surfeurs. ’ But that was not in this morning's programme, so no way, not this time !
After losing sight of Africa, the sun reached the zenith and the boat's sail was the only visible thing in the , horizon. The heat of Africa raised a foggy and misty atmosphere. It was like entering a gost town in the middle of nowhere.. Sarah could almost hum: I'm a poor lonesome cowgirl....
Beautiful meetings already, brief but magical with two turtles: a good omen because it is the favorite animal of Sarah Hebert. Birds, pieces of plastic and polystyrene also other, or unfortunately, we could say and even flying fish end of term.
Issue tracking and security, everything is in order and that the umbilical cord is the VHF is valuable to ensure and to coordinate our paces, sometimes joke.
We traveled 75 miles (135 Km). The wind was variable 13 77Â° f ( 23 nodes, the boat speed was between 8 to 20 nodes. The skipper of extreme opera his transfer to 16:30 on the boat for a well deserved rest after the excitement of opening day start and navigation.
It remained to keep the boat in a good position to wait for the best start
Today's scheduled early morning. This maintenance is very difficult in the middle of the ocean. We will do a multitude of tests to find the best compromise that allows us to save, as the boat and onboard energy.
After a good night on board, So we leave this morning.
Stay tuned for new adventures.