Sailing overland -- by land-yacht -- on an 800-mile (1300kms) journey to Dakar in Senegal, West Africa, an instructor with the French Land Yacht Federation reached Nouakchott, capital of Mauritanie, on Sunday (March 19), having completed 500 miles (800 kms) of his wind-blown trip.
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SV Man with camel
LV & SV Yachtsmen pushing yacht and remounting
GV Sail of yacht
SV Yachtsman surrounded by spectators
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Background: Sailing overland -- by land-yacht -- on an 800-mile (1300kms) journey to Dakar in Senegal, West Africa, an instructor with the French Land Yacht Federation reached Nouakchott, capital of Mauritanie, on Sunday (March 19), having completed 500 miles (800 kms) of his wind-blown trip. Christian Yves Nau had started out from Zouerate, north-east of Nouskchott, just ten days before. The worst trouble he ran into was thirty miles (50kms) of doldrums about half way to Nouakchott, where he had to puch his unusual craft. He planned to rest up for two days in Nowakchott before setting out on the last 300 miles (500 kms) to Saint Louis and Dakar.
SYNOPSIS: If you want to cross the desert get a yacht. That's what Christian Yves Nau is doing in the Mauritanian Sahara, in West Africa. After ten days single-handed sailing Monsieur Nau was approaching the capital city of Mauritania, Nouakchott, after a mainly wind-swept journey from his starting-point 500-miles to the northeast....
He'd had an uneventful journey. His one problem -- doldrums, half-way to Nouakchott. With no wind at all for thirty miles Monsieur Nau was in the same boat as drivers of cars who run out of petrol. And he had to do what they do: puchi There was one consolation: out there in the desert there was no cause to blush...No-one was there to see. In any case you can't order wind as you can petrol; running out of it is one of the hazards of this kind of travel...
Traditional transport was not impressed...Still, even with the shortage of wind in some areas Monsieur Nau, an instructor with the French Land Yacht Federation, mad a good average on the way to Nouakchott of fifty miles a day... On arrival he planned to rest in the city for two days before setting out for his final destination, Dakar in Senegal, another three-hundred miles further south.