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Count Him In

Count Alvaro de Marichalar of Spain can lay claim to being the first--and only--person to cross the Atlantic on a PWC. The 41-year-old made the trip in 120 days, stopping in 15 ports and spending a total of 54 days at sea aboard a Bombardier Sea Doo XP. He was accompanied by a large sailing catamaran on which he slept every night but which was often out of sight during the day, as his 130-hp craft was able to move along at 20 to 30 mph, conditions permitting. Each day the Count averaged about 12 hours, covering some 150 miles while standing up most of the time. His trip originated in Rome on February 23 and ended in Miami Beach, Florida, on June 22. He plans a Miami-to-New York run as soon as a foot injury heals.

This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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