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French Solo Sailor Just Weeks Away From Atlantic RIB Record Attempt

18th June 2016
Christophe Maupaté's custom-built 7.5m Zeppelin RIB comes with a four-stroke Suzuki outboard motor Christophe Maupaté's custom-built 7.5m Zeppelin RIB comes with a four-stroke Suzuki outboard motor Photo: Christophe Maupaté

#Solo - Pictured above is the RIB that French sailor Christophe Maupaté will pilot solo in his quest to set a new Atlantic record from Bordeaux to New York.

Previously attempted by Ireland's own Enda O'Coineen, no one has yet completed a solo transatlantic voyage by RIB.

But as reported on Afloat.ie last December, Figaro veteran Maupaté has been planning his own crossing for some time, having plotted a 4,460-nautical-mile course that will take him from France via Ireland's East Coast, western Scotland, the Faroe Islands and Iceland to the southern tip of Greenland and Canada's Maritimes towards the US – tracing the route of Lafayette's Hermione.

Now Maupaté's record attempt is just weeks away, launching from Bordeaux on Saturday 16 July with a stopover in Dun Laoghaire expected in the first few days.

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MacDara Conroy

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