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Choosing crew wisely is essential to any voyage, and 24-year-old French sailor Guirec Soudee has never had a disagreement with
his first mate – one who happens to be
a chicken, as in an egg-laying red hen
Soudee and Monique crossed the
Atlantic together in 2014, then headed
for the Arctic Ocean the following year.
After cruising along the west coast
of Greenland for three months, the duo
wintered over without any means of
communication. Some 130 days and 106
eggs later, they came back to civiliza-
tion and began preparing their 39-foot
Scorpio sailboat named Yvinec to sail
through the Arctic and south through
the Bering Strait, bound for Alaska this
summer. After months of navigating ice
and curious polar bears, they arrived in
Seward, Alaska, in September.
Soudee counts the qualities pos-
sessed by his crew, whom he nicknamed
Momo: “She doesn’t ever get seasick.
She is not a wimp. She is crazy about
Soudee recently published (in French)
an illustrated book of his adventures
with his poultry pal, La Transatlantique
de Monique. “I know that some used
to say that we are a little bit strange,”
says the easy-going adventurer. “But we
are having so much fun on board.”
Guirec & Monique’s
The voyage data
recorder from El Faro,
a U.S. flagged cargo
ship that sank during
in October 2015, was
from the ocean floor
late this past August,
after a 10-month effort.
Investigators hope the
recorder will reveal
information about the
final hours of El Faro’s
voyage and the circumstances leading up to
The U.S. Navy ocean
tug Apache left Virginia
Beach, Virginia, car-
from the National
Board (NTSB), the U.S.
Coast Guard, the U.S.
Navy, and the marine-exploration group
After arriving at the
technicians maneuvered CURV- 21, a
vehicle, about 15,000
feet to the sea floor.
Specialized tools were
used to detach the
voyage data recorder
capsule from the mast
structure. — R.A.
NTSB is reviewing
26 hours of data and
from El Faro.
Data recorder from cargo ship El Faro recovered