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Several years ago, I had the pleasure of speaking with someone who had a dream to do something pretty special… to push the limits, to inspire others, as others have inspired her. Those words make the challenge I write about sound easy. Laura Penhaul and a friend of hers thought about rowing from the USA to Australia. Laura and her friend faced numerous obstacles over the years until finally, Laura was left alone with the project.
The challenge, “One boat. One Ocean. FO4R Women” was most certainly not easy. Having overcome the numerous obstacles, Laura, Emma, Natalia and Isabel persevered with training. With raising their profile. With working on team building. With raising funds for the project. With raising funds for their chosen charities.
It was worth the effort!
The team came together as ‘Coxless Crew’… They are supported by the one and only Kylie Minogue and also Radio 2’s Sara Cox. ‘Coxless Crew’ are also supported by 3,381 twitter followers and 3,279 people like their Facebook page!
Their journey still sounds easy doesn’t it? Their voyage from San Francisco to Hawaii did not get off to a good start. They struggled to get away from mainland USA and then due to some equipment failure had to pull into Santa Barbara to get their bright pink ocean rowing boat called ‘Doris’, repaired.
Still sounds easy? Read their blog! Coxless Crew
Coxless Crew are in Honolulu, Hawaii having completed leg 1 of their 3 leg journey, which sees the crew row from the USA to Australia!
I take my hat off to these four women! Huge congratulations to the Coxless Crew on your achievement. I for one am looking forward to following you on the next leg! WELL DONE!
While the Coxless Crew enjoy being ashore for the first time in weeks, there is a man still out on the Pacific Ocean. John Beeden also set off from San Francisco and is also headed for Australia, but is aiming to complete the 6,079 nautical mile voyage in one go!
John is doing well and in ten days time, he will be approximately 2/3 of the way across the mighty Pacific! If John completes his 2015 attempt, he will be the first rower to cross the Pacific from North America to Australia, solo, non-stop and unassisted.
This has not been attempted since Peter Bird in 1983. Peter was rescued of the coast of Australia in a storm after 294 days at sea.
If John completes his 2015 attempt, he will be the first rower to cross the Pacific from North America to Australia, solo, non stop and unassisted. This has not been attempted since Peter Bird in 1983. Peter was rescued of the coast of Australia in a storm after 294 days at sea. Solo Pacific Row
As I begin to shape my plans for my return to the Pacific Ocean, I look upon both the Coxless Crew and John Beeden with envy. In due course, this website will be updated – watch this space! In due course, I shall be on the water with Blossom, training for the ‘Everest of Oceans’. If you have any questions with regards to my return to the Pacific, please do get in touch. In the meantime, you can continue to follow me via Facebook and Twitter.