Bay Area kayaker sets out on solo journey to Hawaii

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Screenshot of Cyril Derreumaux heading out of the Golden Gate early Monday morning, May 31.

French native and Larkspur resident Cyril Derreumaux left Fort Baker at the crack of dawn on Monday morning, embarking on a solo kayak journey across 2,400 nautical miles to Hawaii. The journey is expected to take around 70 days. You can track his journey in real time (updated every hour) on a map or by following his team on social media. (See website info below.)

Derraumaux is no stranger to adventure. From a California Diver article: “He has already completed the Catalina Outrigger Challenge 4 times, last completing the 32-mile race in 5 hours. He also competed in the 43-mile Molokai Hoe Outrigger Championships in Hawaii four times. In 2012, he completed the Yukon River Quest in Canada – a 440 mile canoe race that he completed in 45 hours, and in 2014 he completed the Cal100, a 100 mile canoe race in California in 12 hours. Most recently, Cyril won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for rowing from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii with a four-person international team, covering the 2,400 miles in 39 days with no support or assistance.”

His custom-built kayak was made in England by in Rob Feloy, a famed designer and builder of ocean-going kayaks.

If all goes well, he should land on Waikiki Beach in August.

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