Frenchwoman To Attempt Pacific Ocean Crossing On Kite Board

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SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) — A French adventurer will set sail from San Francisco on Thursday in a bid to become the first person to kite surf across the Pacific Ocean.

Anne Quemere, 42, the only woman to have rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean in both directions without assistance, will use Pacific winds to propel her in a 5.5-meter (18 feet) craft some 7,000 kilometers (4,350 miles) to French Polynesia. The voyage is expected to take around three months.

Quemere, who successfully completed a similar kite surf voyage cross the Atlantic in 2006, told AFP she had originally planned to leave on Friday but weather conditions forced her to bring forward her departure date by 24 hours.

“I’m leaving Thursday, departing from the wharf at around 11am (1800 GMT),” she told AFP.

“We had planned for Friday but the weather is going to be more favorable on Thursday so we wanted to take advantage of that window,” she said.

In 2002, Quemere set a new record after traversing the South Atlantic in 56 days in a rowing boat. Two years later she took 87 days to row across the North Atlantic.