The Italians Gianmarco Sardi and Tullio Piccolini crossed the Atlantic on a catamaran, to which they gave the proud name of Ocean Cat.
This is actually a 6-meter apparatus for inshore racing.
Sardi and Piccolini started from Dakar (Senegal) in West Africa and finished in Pointe-à-Pitre on the island of Guadeloupe in the Eastern Caribbean sea. A distance of approximately 2900 nautical miles they walked for 14 days, 3 hours and 40 minutes.
It does not record. Two years ago, other Italians – Nico and Vittorio Malini, father and son, has overcome the same distance on a similar catamaran is much faster – 11 days, 1 hour and 9 minutes.
Nevertheless, the transatlantic Odyssey Sardi and Piccolini deserves to, albeit briefly, to talk about it. Because it was held in difficult conditions. Meteorological forecast, which trusted the Italians, was not fulfilled, for the next two weeks the storm followed storm, the wind speed sometimes exceeds 40 knots, and waves were more than six meters. As a result, for two weeks they slept. And by the end of the second day both began to pursue hallucinations.
Plus Ocean Cat rolled over three times – on the 5th, 9th and 12th day. Yeah, the travelers drank a dashing. Not surprisingly, when the catamaran finally finished in Pointe-à-Pitre, Gianmarco Sardi started the conversation with the journalists with the phrase:
– I feel crushed. The weather has caused us terrible problems. Of course, we expect that it will face difficulties but could not imagine that will have to go through this…
In General, the madness of the brave we sing a song. All’s well that ends well.