Francisco Lufinha crosses the Atlantic on a kite-powered boat
Francisco Lufinha successfully completed the 6,700 kilometer (4,160 mile) Atlantic Ocean crossing on a multihull boat propelled by a kite.
The kitesurfer launched the sailing challenge on November 3, 2021 in Cascais, Portugal.
Five days later, Lufinha was forced to make a technical stopover in La Palma, in the Canaries, where he repaired the malfunctions of his kite and made some minor adjustments on the boat.
After resuming the trip, the Portuguese ocean explorer faced extreme air and water temperatures, on-the-fly repairs and high winds.
He even found the time to respond to a call from Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
A Guinness World Record
On December 20, the kitesurf saw land and arrived at Anse Meunier beach in Martinique at 11 a.m. local time.
“The transatlantic mission has been by far the most physically and psychologically demanding challenge I have overcome to date,” said Francisco Lufinha.
“There were several moments of tension and stress tests from the development of the boat and the preparation for the crossing to the 47 days en route to the Caribbean.”
“I made another dream come true. It was another extreme achievement, and I couldn’t be happier – mission accomplished.”
The connection between the Canaries and the Caribbean lasted 20 days.
Guinness World Records is expected to confirm Lufinha’s fastest solo crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a kite boat ever.
One of the objectives of the Atlantic Mission supported by a Portuguese electricity utility was to prove that the power of wind, water and sun is inexhaustible.
The specially designed multihull boat was powered exclusively by renewable energies.
He used a kite, solar panels and a hydrogenerator to generate thrust and navigate through the waters of the Atlantic.