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Cyril Derreumaux completed his singles boat from California to Hawaii. He arrived at Hilo minutes earlier, after 92 days at sea. He is the second person to make the trek uphill on a kayak.

Derreumaux set off from Monterrey on June 21, with well-wishers rowing alongside him with a few strokes. Then three months of solo effort. He initially hoped to complete 4,444 kilometers in 70 days but difficult conditions slowed his progress.

His full track route across the Pacific Ocean. Photo: solokayaktohawaii.com/tracker

hard start

For the first few weeks, headwinds pushed him in the wrong direction. The daily battle became not losing distance instead of making progress. The constant bulges made him seasick, and he felt very weak. In the second week, the pipe that connected his steering line was disconnected and allowed water to enter the cabin.

Then 46 days later, his water maker broke down. From that moment on, in addition to paddling for 10 to 12 hours a day, he also spent an hour to an hour and a half manually generating fresh water. He also spent several days in bad weather in his small cabin, on the sea marina.

It soon became clear that the trip would take more than 70 days. By the middle of the road, he started rationing food. Even though he counted 6,000 calories a day feeding all that rowing, he lost weight quickly, even before rationing. With that, he began to doubt whether he would ever arrive in time.

At the end of August, he decided to change his endpoint in Hawaii. Instead of landing in Waikiki, he redirected it to Hilo. This cut six kayaking days off the trip and meant he had enough food to go the distance without having to eat toothpaste, like the first kayakers in California and Hawaii, Ed Gillette, did.

Derreumaux packed 6,000 calories a day from food, but by halfway through, he had to start rationing. Photo: CyrilDerreumauxAdventure

Seinfeld and the dolphins music

Derreumaux entertained himself by listening to music almost continuously. Before leaving, he downloaded Seinfeld to watch at night, when he wasn’t rowing.

He also enjoyed watching dolphins around the boat. In the end, hundreds of them came to visit. For the past few days, he was even followed by Mahi Mahi.

“Mahi Mahi pet fish follow me all day, I loved it!” Written on social media. “[It] He left me yesterday morning. I guess he didn’t like it when she played Celine Dion.

As the trip progressed, Derreumaux became more relaxed and in tune with its surroundings. He found that not seeing himself in the mirror was a very “liberating experience”. He’s also established a kind of symbiosis with his custom-made boat Valentine’s Day.

“I know her well now,” he said. “I know how you act in any kind of water, I know all the sounds it makes and what they mean, I can find anything in the dark… It’s so special.”

Cyril standing on the kayak before setting off

Photo: CyrilDerreumauxAdventure

Ed Gillette inspiration

Ed Gillet’s original 1987 ride inspired Derreumaux first. Gillette was much less technical. He used a ready-made kayak – no sleeping cabins, no extended storage space – and had no means of communication for most of the trip. After three weeks at sea, Deruyo said, “I feel even more intimidated by it Ed Gillette And what did I accomplish? [than ever]. “

He first attempted the flight in 2021 but needed rescue five days later. Storms and waves destroyed his boat and caused water to seep into the cabin. As conditions deteriorated, he abandoned the crossing.

But despite that awkward ending, Diriomao channeled the failure into improving his technique and approach.

Cyril Derreumaux packs provisions into his boat before setting off.

Photo: CyrilDerreumauxAdventure

He modified the sea anchor system, installed a satellite communications system, and added a manual bilge pump and side panels to keep water out of the cockpit. He also trained to be more familiar with how the kayak behaves in high winds.

This wasn’t the first time Deriomau had crossed the ocean from California to Hawaii. In 2016, he and his colleagues broke the rowing speed record in the Great Pacific Race. The four-man team covered nearly 4,500 kilometers from Monterey, California to Oahu, Hawaii, in 39 days, 9 hours, and 56 minutes.

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