Charles Girard, a French engineer who was planning to try an beat the existing trans-Atlantic rowing record has been rescued just 50 miles off the Massachusetts coast. He left Nauset Inlet, on Cape Cod for France in a custom 23' rowboat he designed.
His first start, on June 30, 2007, ended with him getting towed back to Cape Cod, when he encountered a leak in his boat.
His second attempt ended today, when he called for rescue and was picked up from his boat. His boat remains adrift at sea and is currently a hazard to navigation.
Hmmm... He's French, and not a great engineer from the problems he's had with his boat... and obviously can't understand a weather forecast—since the heavy seas and winds that he encountered were predicted a few days ago.
I wonder how much his rescue cost us, the American taxpayers.
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a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
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