The lightest aeroplane to cross the South Atlantic is the RWD-5bis, powered by a de Havilland Gipsy Moth 120 km engine which set a then FAI world record for straight line distance in Category II (single seater aircraft with a maximum weight of 450 kg (992 lb)) of 3,582 km (2,225 miles) on 7 May 1933. The plane was flown by Captain Stanislaw Skarzynski (Poland) from St Louis, Senegal to Maceio, Brazil in 20 hr 30 min. The exact weight of the plane is not Continue reading →
On 14 March 2010, Katie Spotz (USA, b 18 April 1987) became the world’s youngest ocean rower when she completed her 70-day paddle across the Atlantic east to west from Dakar, Senegal, to Georgetown, Guyana. She had set off on 3 January 2010, aged just 22 years 260 days.