Sarah Hebert sets sail to cross the Atlantic Ocean

February 20, 2012 | Windsurfing
Sarah Hebert: the Atlantic Ocean windsurfing master

Sarah Hebert will try to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a windsurf board. The professional windsurfer prepares to challenge more than 3500 kilometers (2170 miles) of choppy waters, strong winds, sharks and 30ft waves.

Hebert is currently in Dakar, the capital city of Senegal, on the West Coast of Africa and is set to sail away on the 21st February. She will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean with a classic windsurfing equipment and will sleep on an escort boat. The goal is Saint-François, in Guadeloupe.

Each stop will have registered the GPS coordinates, so that she leaves for another sailing day from the same point where she rested for a few hours. The support team is composed of three professional sailors, a cameraman and a photographer.

Sarah Hebert want to cross the Atlantic Ocean, in order to establish a challenging time and to provide detailed information about the behavior of her body, during the windsurf cross, to a cardiology study. The French sailor will try to windsurf eight hours per day, during 25 days.

In 2006, she discovered a suffered a heart rhythm disorder and decided to have a defibrillator implanted to be able to compete at the highest level. Three months after the operation, Hebert took the Formula Windsurfing World Championship.

The intrepid windsurfer has also conquered four French national titles, one European championship and a runner-up trophy in a world competition. If she successfully reaches Guadeloupe, she will be the first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a windsurf board.

The first Atlantic crossing in a windsurf board was celebrated by 13 European and North American windsurfers, back in 1998, in the famous TransAtlantic Windsurf Race.