Two Frenchmen Tackle the Ocean Blue on a Custom Sailboard Built for Two
updated 07/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 07/08/1985 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Indeed—but the pair are not quite as rudderless as they sound. Beauchene, 30, the trip's guiding genius, windsurfed around South America's Cape Horn in 1980. Caroni, 31, twice has soloed across the Atlantic in sailboats. This time their craft is a knifelike, custom-built 24-ft. pontoon crammed with food, water, two radios, satellite navigation equipment and one berth. Day or night one man must stay on deck, says Beauchene, "because if the boat turns upside down, you need somebody outside to turn it right side up." The pair, who left Weehawken, N.J. on June 15, hope to make a landfall at Lizard Point, England-some 3,200 miles away—late this month.