The Great Pacific Race
• 2,400 miles from Monterey, California to Honolulu, Hawaii
• Over a month at sea
• 100% human powered
• Depart: June 2nd, 2018
Boat? 24 foot hull. Probably close to 2,000 lbs when fully loaded and looking a little something like this:
Food? Over a month of freeze-dried food, dried fruit and nuts, and energy bars. We will each consume about 300,000 calories over the course of the race but even considering this, the average rower loses 19 lbs. It’s one way to lose weight, at least…
Water? Water Maker to desalinate the salt water
Rowing? Total of 12 hrs. per day in shifts of 2 hrs. on 2 hrs. off for the entire trip; non-stop.
Sleep? Between rowing shifts, never for more than 1.5 hours.
Bathroom? None, we have a green bucket and a red bucket. We’ll let you fill in the gaps…
Technology? GPS tracking devices, satellite phone, communication with race organizers, etc.
Safety? Preparation courses:
• VHF radio course
• First Aid
• Sea Survival
• Boat safety course
• Boating skills
• Advanced navigation
Additionally the race organizers will have a safety vessel on hand for emergencies.
- First attempt to cross an ocean was in 1896 when two New Jersey Fishermen successfully made it from New York to the Scilly Isles, UK in 55 days.
- First attempt to row the Pacific was in 1971 by two people from San Francisco. They eventually made it across in just under a year, landing in Australia in 1972.
- Fastest Crossing from California to Hawaii: 39 days 9 hours 56 min
- Fastest crossing by an all female crew: 50 days 19 hours 14 min
We aim to beat this!
Crew? Four insanely determined female athletes from around the world united to effect environmental change and set a new record for the fastest crossing.
Strokes? We will each take approximately 1.3 million strokes over the entire journey. This is at about a 16-18 stroke per minute rate and the 500m split averages 2:30 to 3:00.
The reason? Crossing the Pacific will be a monumental challenge, but the challenges facing our planet are even greater. By rowing 2,400 miles across the Pacific, we will bring a human story to plastic pollution and climate change.
As a team, we hope our efforts to promote environmental action will begin a ripple effect that will grow into a Tsunami of change.
A big thank you to everyone who is supporting us, we couldn’t do it without you!