A 8000 Mile Row
A 8000 Mile Row: Four British women completed their arduous journey across the Pacific Ocean on Monday after rowing about 8,500 miles from San Francisco to Cairns, Australia. They had no support crew on the journey, and they only stopped twice (for one week at a time) in Hawaii and Samoa for supplies and repairs. With their arrival, Laura Penhaul, Natalia Cohen, Emma Mitchell and Meg Dyos — the final leg rower — become the first four-person crew to row this trans-Pacific route, and the first team to do it in three stages, according to Walking With the Wounded, one of two British charities they are supporting. The team hopes to raise £250,000 ($356,000) for Walking With the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care.
“It’s fair to say that with physical exhaustion, sleep deprivation and a lack of (savory) food we are being tested to our limits,” the team wrote Sunday. “However this is where we draw on our SPIRIT, row hard, row strong, row together.” The rowers have been videotaping their journey, and that footage will be part of a documentary “Losing Sight of Shore” by filmmaker Sarah Moshman. Less than 400 rows have been successfully completed across the world’s oceans, according to the Ocean Rowing Society International.