Crossing the Atlantic only drifting and swiming is the story of Guy Delage, who made the headlines of newspapers. A strong scientific team had prepared and communicated with him every day.
“Oceanantes” : December 16, 1994, Guy Delage only leaves the beaches of the archipelago of Cape Verde.
The goal is to reach the island of Barbados in the Caribbean, swimming from 6 to 8 hours per day and diverting the remaining time on a tiny raft. There is no accompanying boat. He arrived in Barbados 55 days later!
Characteristics of the raft:
Length 4 m
Weight 225 Kg
Mairie de Nantes
Research Center Nestlé
Studying the behavior of humans during long-term efforts in a hostile environment (physiology, psychology, stress)
Observe the pelagic fauna encountered and their behavior
Develop a set of products needed to this task (food, mask, fins, wetsuit, anti shark).
Raft: habitable part of 2 m long, 0.6 wide and 0.75m high. Facilities 110kg. Food 153 kg
Fins prototype mask prototype diving suit prototype.
900 hours of endurance training
150 scientists from 55 research programs to achieve the necessary material to the experience.
Loss of the raft for 2 hours 30
Burn jellyfish Physalia
Results, advances in knowledge, patents:
Mask panoramic view (170 °) without distortion (now used by the U.S. Navy)
Fins for endurance
Combination of long-term effort
Food effort tailored to the nutrition of diabetics (Nestle)
Electric Anti Shark
Comments offish - Cybium 1995, 19 (4): 413-417
Amac 9th day on the composite 22 to 24 November 1994
Mechanism of damage of composite (Lamy-Burtin) 11th Congress of French mechanical Lille 1993
The combination of the feat - ITF - 1995