We are rowing from Monterey, California, to Waikiki, Hawaii. It is 2,400 miles, but we will row nearly 3,000 miles due to wind, waves and current.
Our route skims past the Great Pacific Garbage Patch; a build-up of plastic and marine debris the size of Texas that’s floating in between Cali and Hawaii. (Have a look on Google Maps, it’s surprisingly big!)
The rubbish accumulates in the North Pacific Gyre, a rotation of currents which swirls around the Pacific and creates a vortex in the middle where the plastic builds up. There is nowehere for it to go so it breaks down over a number of years becoming a soup of pieces of palstic which are eaten by fish… which then end up on our dinner plates.
The Pacific is also home to Kiribati, the island nation which is set to be the first to disappear to rising sea levels. For us, there was no route other than the Pacific.
And, not ones to shy away from a challenge, we’ll have to work extra hard on this route. The continental shelf pushes us back on land for around 1 week and then we’re into shipping lanes and battling currents and storms. It definitely is the World’s Ultimate Endurance Challenge.
We wish! Unfortunately there aren’t any islands to stop at, and even if there were we’re aiming to break a world record – not easy to do when you’re sunning yourself on a beach.
We will row in 2 hours on, 2 hours off and will not stop until we cross the finish line in Hawaii.
We want to beat the current World Record for the fastest Women’s Three to make the crossing. The current world record is 62 days.
Yes, we live on the boat! The boat is 24ft long and we sleep in the cabins at the front and back of the boat. These are not spacious and you certainly can not stand up inside the cabin. There is also no bathroom – we have to use a bucket on the deck!
Unfortunately we can not take a chef with us, so we will use a small camping stove to heat up dehydrated food packs which will eat throughout the row. Energy bars and maple waffles will keep us ticking along and then we’ll have our re-hydrated meals 3 times a day. Even the Pacific won’t get in the way of breakfast…!
There are 3 of us in our team so far; Emma, Kat and Jen. Check out the ‘crew’ page to find out more about us.
Yes – we are racing in an all-female team and aiming to beat the women’s record for the fastest crossing!
The boat will be powered by human power alone. We must be self sufficient for the whole race, meaning that we have to carry all of our food supplies for the whole trip. We will use a watermaker on board to make drinking water. We will also carry maintenance equipment in case we need to do any maintenance or repair to the boat during the race.
Whilst support boats will be available should we require assistance, seeking any help will result in our crew being disqualified from the race.
Currently, 24 teams have signed up for the Great Pacific Race 2020, making it the largest GPR to date!
This row will challenge us mentally and physically and push us to our limits. It will be an incredible adventure. However, our drive for this row is our combined love for the oceans. Ocean health and climate change are intertwined and Ripple Effect are passionate about educating and facilitating change to positively affect our environment.
We are all flat water rowers. Emma attempted the crossing with a crew in 2018, but Jen and Kat have not done anything like this before! Jen and Kat are excited to have Emma’s knowledge and expertise to help them prepare for the race.
We are raising money to help support the people most affected by climate change. Kiribati is an island nation which is set to be the first country lost to climate change. Help us to help them. See our ’causes’ page for more information.
You can help in many ways!
Get the conversation about plastic pollution, ocean health and climate change started with your friends and family. If you would like to find out about how to reduce your plastic consumption or learn more about reducing your environmental footprint, please visit our “resources” pages.
Whilst the row is pretty big, getting to the start line will be our biggest challenge. We need specialist safety equipment, to attend safety courses and source all of our food and kit to keep us going throughout the row. Individual donations and corporate sponsorship will help us to get there and allow us to shout louder about the causes we are supporting.
You can donate to one of our charities or to help us get to the start line by clicking on the “Sponsor Us” button.
Please follow us on instagram, facebook and twitter for updates and support throughout the preparation and the race!
During the row, the race website greatpacificrace.com will show tracking of all the boats. We’ll send them regular updates from the boat too so you can see how we’re getting on – the good, the bad and the ugly.
For now, you can follow our progress in getting to the start line by following us on instagram, facebook and twitter. Do you know an aspiring adventurer or someone who’s interested in the environment? If so please share – the more we can spread the word, the more we can help restore our oceans.