The kayaker prepares for the solo and unassisted Pacific crossing
By Monica Grant
Local adventurer / entrepreneur Cyril Derreumaux prepares to paddle his kayak, alone and unassisted, across the Pacific – a journey that will take him from San Francisco to Honolulu, HI. The 43-year-old father-of-two plans to begin his 2400nm / 70-day journey on May 30, 2021. “During this ocean crossing, I’ll be solo; live and paddle alone, ”writes Cyril on his website.
Cyril has an impressive resume on the ocean, which helps him prepare for this next challenge. In June 2016, he and three teammates competed in the Great Pacific Race – 2,400nm sea rowing from California to Hawaii. They came first and won a Guinness World Record for completing the line in 39 days, 9 hours and 56 minutes. This time, however, Cyril is traveling alone and in a kayak instead of a rowing boat. The kayak, named Valentine, is a 23ft cabin style sea kayak constructed from a composite of carbon and epoxy, which makes it very light, but also very durable.
Cyril expects his first 15 days at sea to be the most difficult. He will have to deal with “seasickness, sleep deprivation, new food, new paddling pace, etc.” His schedule for a typical day will go like this: “Wake up, breakfast. Begin paddling at sunrise for four to five hours. Break for lunch. Another four to five hour paddling session. Maybe more if the conditions are right. Sunset, get ready for the night. Wake up every two hours during the night to check on the boat. “His meals will consist mostly of freeze-dried and dehydrated foods and high-calorie bars (Cyril estimates he will eat around 6,000 calories per day, but burn 8,000, resulting in a weight loss of around 20 to 25 pounds). The water will be produced using an on-board watermaker, and every day it will start again until it reaches Hawaii.
Much of Cyril’s motivation is to promote the Sausalito-based non-profit Ocean Voyages institute, “Because I’m tired of all kinds of garbage in our oceans.
You can read more about Cyril’s journey and his past ocean challenges on his website, Solo and unsupported kayaking in Hawaii.