Rower bests Atlantic but defers to channel

Gerald d'Abobille has completed his solo row across the Atlantic, 35 miles north of Ushant Island off western France. Mr. d'Aboville, who left Cape Cod, Mass., 73 days before, decided not to try to each the french coast after being driven northeastward up the English Channel by winds and tides.Instead he opted for a "technical" crossing because his boat, Captain Cook, was damaged and his radio batteries were weak.

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