Delhi: Bhavik Gandhi, a former Bombay Scottish student
has started a world record attempt for fastest solo Atlantic
crossing - the first ever by an Indian. The voyage commences
from La Gomera in Spain and ends at Antigua in Barbados.
sole companion during this expedition will be Panasonic''s
rugged waterproof ToughBook CF-29 laptop with built-in
GPS (Global Positioning System) as an essential navigational
gear and his only connection with the rest of the world.
The Panasonic ToughBook CF-29 selected by Ghandhi can
work in extreme weather conditions prevalent in Atlantic.
will be using a 23-ft rowing boat and will follow a route
similar to that taken by Christopher Columbus. He will
spend about three months (90 days estimated) at sea rowing
solo, non-stop and unsupported, covering a total distance
of 3,000 nautical miles (5,000 kilometers). Only 32 people
in history have attempted such a record in the past.
1966 Chay Blyth and John Ridgway became the first pair
to row across the Atlantic in the 20th Century, crossing
from Cape Cod to Ireland in 92 days.
gear is as important as personal grit and I feel quite
assured about the expedition armed with a Panasonic ToughBook
CF-29," says Gandhi, who seemed confident about his
dare devil attempt. "It is the most rugged laptop
to withstand the vagaries of the expedition unlike other
brands available in the market and as my sole companion,
it will not just help me navigate through the Atlantic
but also be my only connection with civilization.
excitement of starting something new keeps me going -
be it business ventures or adventure sports. Nothing is
more satisfying than riding on the ocean waves, seeing
how controllable they are, or you are. I''ve been training
hard for this expedition undergoing various sessions on
endurance-sport nutrition, and most importantly, survival
training under the expert guidance of my coach Rune Larsson."
rowing: is the world''s toughest human powered endurance
challenge. Relying on muscle-power alone, athletes have
to endure extreme weather conditions in the Open Ocean,
gale force winds, ships, sharks and icebergs. This sport
is unique in terms of its difficulty, exceptional length
and demands on physical and mental endurance.
Gandhi''s involvement in endurance challenges has spanned
distance running, mountain climbing, sailing, trekking
through lake Baikal in Siberia in the winter, cycling
3,000 miles from Stockholm to Istanbul and most recently
cycling 500 km, the distance from Stockholm to Oslo. Gandhi
currently works with the Development Venture Capital Group,
involved in telecoms and technology start-ups in developing
to this, Gandhi has been the New Media Specialist at Reliance
Infocomm and the founder of a number of technology ventures
including Mediacle Networks and DVCG.
boat: Designed in England, the boat is a 23.5 ft in length,
constructed from fibreglass and plywood. It is specially
designed to self right in rough seas. It includes a 6ft
hatch for storage and shelter in bad weather.
Route: Starting from La Gomera in Spain to Antigua the
route follows a similar route to that taken by Christopher
Columbus, finishing 3,000 miles away at Nelsons Dockyard,
Antigua in Barbados.
Panasonic ToughBook CF-29: Shock-and-drop resistant
removable 80 GB hard drive designed to withstand harsh
usage. Panasonic ToughBooks are subjected to 26 sequential
drops onto each face, edge and corner from a height of
3 ft on a two inch-thick plywood over a steel plate over
concrete; one hour of vibration per axis simulating 1,000
miles of transportation; 15 minutes of water drip with
the LCD open and unit operating; 95 per cent humidity
for ten days; exposure to silica dust, temperature extremes
ranging from 60°C -28°C; thermal shocks ranging
from 96°C to -51°C; atmospheric pressure of a
military aircraft at 15,000 ft above the sea level; and
the spark test for high fuel-air mix atmospheres.
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