Two Canadian today (Saturday) set out to sail 5,500 miles (8,800 kms) across the Atlantic in a 22-foot (7 metres) canvas timber canoe to prove that St.
SV Canoe tied up on shore surrounded by crowd
SV Member of crew on board
SV Other crew member kisses friend goodbye
SV Canoe being untied
SV Crew sorting equipment
GV Crowd waving goodbye
SV Canoe moving off under tow
Tracking shot crowd waving
GV Canoe being towed out of harbour
SV Canoe under way
SCU Crew putting up sails
LV Ship under sail
CU Lloyd Pan to Captain Lourmais in stern
GV Canoe under way - other boats in B/G
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Background: Two Canadian today (Saturday) set out to sail 5,500 miles (8,800 kms) across the Atlantic in a 22-foot (7 metres) canvas timber canoe to prove that St. Brendan the Navigator could have sailed the Atlantic 1,400 years ago.
The men, Captain Louis Lourmais, 46 years old, and Mr. Vinton Lloyd, 26 years old, are emulating the Irish saint and his Celtic followers who are reputed to have sailed from Fenit, in West Ireland, to Canada via Scotland, the Hebrides, Faroes, Iceland, and Greenland.
The rigged, canvas-covered craft, known as curragh, is believed to be a replica of the one used by the Saint. Amid cheers from hundreds of spectators it was towed to the open sea today.
The Canadians have ignored warnings that they stand no chance of crossing the Atlantic at this time of the year and plan to use the starts for navigational purposes. The men are heading straight for Iceland from their Irish starting point.