The route: Dakar, Senegal, on the West Coast of Africa to Saint-François, Guadeloupe. 2170 miles
The motivation: To push her limits, establish a reference time on the course, and to be the subject of scientific study in cardiology on the theme of "extreme sport with a defibrillator".
The plan: 25 days, 8 hours a day. Sleep on the support boat at night and restart at the same gps coordinates. Total transparency.
The support team: 15m catamaran with captain, physio trainer and photographer.
The equipment: 4 Naish Grand Prix Boards: 135, 128, 110, 95 and 2 quivers of 5 Naish Indy Sails: 8.4, 7.1, 6.4, 5.8, 5.2 + Sonntag Fins
The sailor– Sarah Hebert– born in New Caledonia & sailed the first 10 years of her life with her parents cruising the Pacific and Indian Oceans.
She went onto became a multiple French national champion, European Champion and vice- world windsurfing champion.
In 2006 she discovered she had a irregular heart rhythm disorder and as a precaution to her sporting career doctors installed a defibrillator. 3 months later she won the European windsurfing championship and was on her way to representing France in the 2008 Olympics.
A few months later- she was denied the certification to compete as an athlete in France by the governing sports authority and her Olympic dreams were crushed. Fortunately, in stepped Armenia, who offered her dual citizenship and a chance to compete in the 2008 Olympics.
Just missing the qualifications for the 2008 Games she forged on and became one of the top ranked girls on the PWA tour in the last 3 seasons.
Now at 27 years young- she begins her quest to become the 1st woman to sail across the Atlantic in a production windsurfer. She is set to start at Wednesday February 22 at 7:30 am GMT after a 24 hour delay.