After spending 10 months at sea, all-female British rowing team The Coxless Crew are set to break records with their arrival into Cairns, Australia, as the first ever female team AND the first ever team in a four-person boat to row the Pacific.
The grueling 8,446 miles journey from San Francisco, USA though to Cairns, Australia has not been an easy task. Their adventure has seen the women battle heavy storms, gigantic waves and pummeling heat, with only rationed food to get by. They’ve encountered flying fish, humpback whales and friendly sharks…all in a 29ft, bright pink rowing boat named Doris.
The Coxless Crew are expected to arrive into Cairns on Friday 22nd January—weather dependent, of course.
Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care said:
“I’d like to congratulate the Coxless Crew on their incredible achievement. Rowing the Pacific Ocean in a four-person boat has taken a huge amount of dedication and hard work but every penny they raise for us will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer.”
Edward Parker, Co-founder and CEO of Walking With The Wounded added:
“What these women have achieved in the past ten months is undoubtedly remarkable. Not only have they broken world records, they have demonstrated that the impossible is possible which resonates to our wounded veterans that despite injuries, they should look to their future with great determination and courage. We are immensely proud of them and the funds raised will provide vulnerable veterans who have had to face adversity and overcome life changing events, independence through employment.”
The Coxless Crew’s Pacific Ocean row is a huge endurance adventure, testing the team’s mental and physical capabilities to the full with two hours on the oars and two hours off, 24 hours a day. The crew burn over 5,000 calories per day and endure seasickness and physical and mental exhaustion. During the row, the women live by the mantra “eat, sleep, row, repeat” - all while at the mercy of the world’s largest ocean.
Despite the struggles of the journey, the team remain upbeat and have even made friends along the way – from passing shipping boats to ‘Fernando’ the shark, who has been tracking the boat. The women have developed rather odd suntan lines and have taken to cooking pancakes using the heat of the sun.
Pop superstar Kylie Minogue is Patron of the Coxless Crew’s epic challenge. Speaking recently in a special video message to the women during a particularly rough rowing patch that saw the women battling the nautical doldrums, Kylie said:
“It’s been […] months at sea which is just mind-blowing. I know you’ve reached a particularly challenging point in your journey, so I want you to know – we want you to know – that we’re right behind you, as are, most importantly, Breast Cancer Care and Walking With The Wounded. They appreciate every last drop of blood, sweat and tears you’re putting into this. Cairns is waiting for you!!"
The Coxless Crew are supported by a number of generous sponsors, without which their journey would not have been possible: http://coxlesscrew.com/sponsors/
Transglobal Express will be transporting their ship, Doris, back to the UK from Cairns once this epic journey is complete.
(Photos: Losing Sight of Shore, an upcoming documentary by Sarah Moshman.)