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In 2003, A French woman, Maud Fontenoy was the first woman to row solo across the North Atlantic. In January 2005, in homage to Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki expedition some 59 years earlier, Fontenoy set off solo from Lima Peru, across the Pacific to Hiva Oa in French Polynesia. She rowed 4, 400 in 73 days. Fontenoy tells about the fearful hours fretting about getting run over by container ships in shipping lanes, about the sharks that swam around her boat checking her out. She describes the fear and problems she had when she had to go over the side of the boat to scrap clean the hull and rudder of the boat from crustaceans. She describes the delight of encounters with seals, dolphins, whales, fish and birds along the way. She also tells of the flying fish in her boat each morning. I remember reading Heyerdahl’s same description of the flying fish on his raft each morning. Fontenoy describes a few of the practical details of the voyage, how she navigated, the design of her boat, food prepared for her, the desalination container for making water, she also wrote of the beauty and power of the sea. I am a great fan of Heyerdahl. I have read his books over and over since the 1940’s. I was surprised Fontenoy had some similar encounters with the sea life as did Kon-Tiki even though 58 years had passed. Eliza Foss did an excellent job with the narration.
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Gripping and beautiful. A wonderful reminder of perspective and perseverance. And a very poignant view on the importance of our oceans.