New World Record by Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on a Sea-Doo XP Watercraft

Miami, Florida - 2002-06-22


Bombardier Recreational Products, makers of Sea-Doo® watercraft, salutes Mr. Alvaro de Marichalar of Spain who successfully made the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a personal watercraft, riding a Bombardier Sea-Doo® XPTM watercraft. Mr. de Marichalar left Italy on February 23, 2002 to reach Miami on Saturday June 22, at 11 a.m. He was greeted at the Miami Beach Marina by various local Sea-Doo watercraft dealers, local media and various members of Bombardier Recreational Products staff based in Florida.


"This is a great achievement and a fabulous demonstration of courage and endurance by Mr. de Marichalar," said Michel Hade, Vice President, International Sales and Marketing, Bombardier Recreational Products. Mr. Hade went on to say, "Bombardier is proud to be associated with this event which will help finance different Spanish organizations fighting drugs and poverty around the world."


Throughout most of his journey, Alvaro navigated 12-14 hours a day, most of the time standing up. A support ship with a six-man crew followed him from a distance and aided him with the maintenance of his watercraft. A life raft, constructed by Aquarium of Barcelona and equipped with a special ultrasonic device to keep sharks away (developed by Doctor Gruber of the University of Miami) became his "home" on the sea. Sleeping under such extreme conditions was most certainly one of the hardest aspects of the adventure. In order to prepare, Alvaro spent the month of September living on the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Mallorca. In addition, he spent two months training eight hours a day to gain 40 pounds, to compensate for the weight he would lose on his journey.


Alvaro de Marichalar's passion for the sea and watercraft began in 1982. His nineteen years of navigation have earned him six sailing world records between 1992 and 1999. Now in 2002, he sets another world record on a Bombardier watercraft provided by Bombardier Recreational Products' distributor Jets Marivent located in Barcelona, Spain.


For a full account of the Atlantik 2002 Crossing including Alvaro's daily journal entries and photos, visit the official web site at www.atlantik2002.com. For more information on the Sea-Doo Watercraft used in this record setting adventure visit www.seadoo.com or visit an authorized Sea-Doo dealer.


Bombardier Recreational Products designs, develops, builds, distributes and markets utility vehicles, Rotax® engines, Ski-Doo® and Lynx® snowmobiles, Bombardier® ATVs, Sea-Doo® watercraft and sport boats, Bombardier Fish HawkTM fishing boats as well as the Evinrude® and Johnson® outboard marine engines and the Ficht® direct fuel injection technology.


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For more information:
Ada Nazzari
Communications, International Sales & Marketing
Bombardier Recreational Products
(450) 461-7737
ada.nazzari@brp.com 


www.recreation.bombardier.com 
www.seadoo.com