Crossing the Ocean in a 5 m boat, Alessio Campriani made it


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Alessio Campriani has finally completed his extraordinary feat: crossing the Atlantic Ocean aboard a boat of only 5 meters starting from Lagos in Portugal and arriving in Guadeloupe in the Caribbean. Yesterday morning at about 7:40 a.m. Italian time (1:40 a.m. local time) he was towed into the port of Pointe-à-Pitre aboard Cepu Pinky I, his small dinghy converted into an ocean-going boat (it is a hull of a Trident 16 refitted for the occasion).

Alessio Campriani on arrival in Guadeloupe
Alessio Campriani on arrival in Guadeloupe

Alessio Campriani crosses the finish line despite difficulties

Despite countless difficulties encountered along the way, Alessio managed to complete his journey. In the last few days navigation has been slowed by the lack of wind, forcing him to ration food and water. He also had to deal with several breakdowns on board, including the breaking of one of the sails. As if that were not enough, he has reported some physical problems: microtrauma to his hands, knees, back, and a major infection in his buttocks that has been gripping him for about a week and that he is treating on the spot.

Alessio Campriani’s boat

CEPU Pinky I was handcrafted entirely by Alessio together with his technical team with the intention of accomplishing an audacious feat, to say the least: crossing the Atlantic Ocean alone, without engine or assistance. The boat is not habitable: it has no cabin or bathroom or cooking area. It has no indoor living space except for a 1-square-meter survival cell that can be used only in an emergency. What makes his story even more incredible is the fact that Alessio was born and lived in Città di Castello, in Umbria, the only region in central Italy that does not face the sea.

Cepu Pinky I – Data Sheet

Hull length 5 m carriageable
Maximum width 2.41 m
Draft 1.30 m
Mast 7 m
690 kg
Mainsail 3 coats of reefing – 13 sqm square top
Jib1 8 sqm
Jib2 4.5 sqm
Gennaker 40 sqm
Project S. Provincia – A. Bianconi – A. Campriani
Member Shipyard Circolo Velico Centro Italia ASD

Photo by Federico Minelli

James Barbaro



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