Man Attempts First Atlantic SUP Crossing, Rescued After One Day

Nicolas Jarossay, prior to the sinking of his ship. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Jarossay, Facebook.
Nicolas Jarossay, prior to the sinking of his ship. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Jarossay, Facebook

Man Attempts First Atlantic SUP Crossing, Rescued After One Day

Nicolas Jarossay’s mission to be first across the Atlantic by SUP ends due to gear malfunction

When Frenchman Nicolas Jarossay announced his plans to cross the Atlantic solo and unsupported by SUP last year, and become the first man ever to do so, he wasn’t counting on gear issues.

Then, when his launch date last December was delayed because his custom-built standup paddleboard—more of a boat, really—was still unable to self-right, he rescheduled the expedition for April.

Jarossay launches into windy waters on day one of his expedition across the Atlantic. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Jarossay Facebook
Jarossay launches into windy waters on day one of his expedition across the Atlantic. Photo courtesy of Nicolas Jarossay Facebook

After re-engineering the design, Jarossay launched his expedition yesterday morning. In the following Facebook post (translated from French), the mission’s support team announced his rescue late this afternoon, an early capsize rendering his mission incomplete.

Photo courtesy of Nicolas Jarossay, Facebook

Press release Transatlantic Sup, Monday, April 11, 2016.

Nicolas sailed Sunday, April 10 by favorable weather conditions.

For a reason that remains unknown at this point, the rudder system has suddenly broken and exposed the boat broadside to a flood. The boat capsized. All attempts to refloat were unsuccessful then more and more exhausting.

The continued deterioration of the situation (exhaustion, hypothermia, night), sadly, rendered  inevitable triggering the distress beacon. A chain of emergency first-responders was mobilized methodically, and in the context of very modest means available to Cape Verde, it took strong technical, and admirable dedication from lifeguards.

Nicolas is safe. In collaboration with the Embassy of France, it is organizing to regain France.

The analysis of technical reasons that have prevented this first attempt will soon be initiated.

Nicolas wishes to express its gratitude to the rescuers, including coastguard Cape Verdeans.

Stay tuned for more details in SUP the mag’s follow-up story.

For the pre-launch preview of Jarossay’s Atlantic expedition