Final yr, an endurance kayaker required a rescue simply 6 days right into a 70-mile expedition. This summer time, he’ll come again for extra.
Just one individual had ever efficiently paddled from the California Bay Space to Honolulu, Hawaii, when Cyril Derreumaux tried to kayak alone in June 2021. That’s nonetheless the case now; his earlier try led to rescue and taught Derreumaux a number of issues, based on him.
Subsequent week, he’ll paddle out for a similar problem once more, intent on finishing it.
SOS: 2021 Try Goes Awry
On June 6, 2021, a Coast Guard helicopter crew lowered a diver to rescue the stranded kayaker 70 miles west of Santa Cruz.
Per NBC Bay Space, issues weren’t going properly. Derreumaux had misplaced the anchor for his 23-foot boat, the anchor traces had gotten twisted up within the rudder, his GPS was malfunctioning, and he lurched with seasickness.
“As evening had simply fallen, it was clear that the scenario was not sustainable: incapability to eat, drink, sleep, talk simply with my crew ashore,” he reported by way of Fb. “With my land assist crew, we then reported the scenario I used to be in to the U.S. Coast Guard to collectively discover all doable choices.”
As Derreumaux ascended towards the helicopter, his beleaguered boat floated adrift in swells as much as 14 ft and wind as sturdy as 35 knots.
He had spent 3 years getting ready for the voyage.
Continuing Once more, Undaunted
Derreumaux seems to have taken the setback in stride — as a studying expertise somewhat than a failure.
“In terms of studying about crossing an ocean as a solo individual, you’ll be able to learn all of the books you need; you’ll be able to discuss to all of the those who have finished it earlier than, you’ll be able to hearken to all of the podcasts you need, you’ll be able to even have finished it earlier than as a crew, there’s nothing that can put together you for what’s truly coming aside from residing by way of it,” Derreumaux instructed Honolulu’s KHON 2.
“That’s known as expertise, and it’s as uncooked because it will get, imagine me.”
Derreumaux and ‘Valentine’ Look to Equal a File
In early June, the 45-year-old father of two prepares to go out once more on the identical boat — christened “Valentine” after his sister.
Derreumaux’s journey will deal with 2,400 nautical miles of the Pacific Ocean. He’ll put in at Sausalito, Calif., at a marina within the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge. If profitable, he’ll turn into the second solo kayaker to finish the journey.
Derreumaux’s notably extra superior tools will help his potential success greater than the primary paddler’s package did his. Ed Guillot, then 36, first completed the feat — in 1987 — on a standard 20-foot double kayak. In accordance with Explorersweb, concomitant challenges included sleep deprivation, high-octane painkiller uncomfortable side effects, and rudimentary gear.
Valentine, as compared, appears to be like like a cabin cruiser. And never solely does she have a cabin but in addition up to date communication and placement expertise, plus a bilge pump and a number of other upgrades for the reason that first try.
Derreumaux’s kayak updates within the final yr embody:
- Modification of the ocean anchor system and its traces, in addition to the rudder and daggerboard properly
- Set up of a satellite tv for pc communication system with an exterior antenna, enabling him to make cellphone calls and emails from contained in the cabin
- Addition of customized facet panels to stop water breach within the cockpit
- Addition of a guide bilge pump contained in the cockpit to again up the (major) electrical unit
He additionally educated explicitly in high-wind situations — the identical variety that led to final yr’s rescue — off the coast of Santa Cruz.
“Designing the boat, having it customized constructed, enhancing it for months and months, doing sea trials after sea trials, I now am approaching the beginning line once more. I’m proud of my tools and equipment; I understand how to make use of them and restore them; now I simply need to put all of it collectively and make it occur,” Derreumaux stated.
“It’s going to be terribly laborious, however I’ll do my best possible to make it a hit.”
Finishing the Journey
His purpose after he reaches Honolulu? KHON 2 reported he’ll spend some peaceable days on the island, together with high quality time with the folks he loves. After all, after 70 salty days at sea, he doesn’t plan to spare the finer issues in life whereas he recovers. A scorching bathe, dry sheets, a pillow, and ice cream make his checklist of restoration accouterments.
“These expeditions have the good advantages of reminding you on how good life is, at each stage!” he stated.
Don’t we all know it? Bon voyage, Cyril — see you on the seaside.
The countdown on Derreumaux’s web site says he’ll paddle out for Hawaii aboard Valentine on June 2 round midday native time. You’ll be able to monitor his progress by way of livestream there.