Anne Quéméré has kicked off the kiteboat crossing of the South Pacific, from Peru to Papeete (French Polynesia).
The French sailor will travel alone and without assistance about 4,200 nautical miles (7778 km). Quéméré will be trying it for the second time, after she was forced to quit the journey in 2008, after spending 40 days at sea.
Anne has departed on 3rd March, at 3am. She is expected to reach Papeete in in two months to two and a half months. Reliable, light and rapid, the kiteboat prototype was designed by Marc Ginisty, a naval architect.
The sailing craft is six metres long and 1.9 metres wide and the hull net weight is of 80 kilograms. Four solar panels, fore and aft, will recharge the battery, operate the GPS, the satellite phone, the computer and the watermaker.
Quéméré carries 30 kg of foodstuff, required for the 8-to-10 week journey, mainly of the freeze dried variety. She will have five meals and snacks during each day.