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Rowing across Pacific?

I realize it is not a sailing related event, but I do see some relevance for small boat sailors:

The 30-year-old from Port Townsend, Washington, has undertaken endurance feats in the past but her journey from Japan to San Francisco, expected to start around May 18, is her most daunting adventure yet.

The four- to six-month trip is an endeavor no woman has ever accomplished solo.

Despite 16 attempts to row solo across the Pacific, only two men have successfully completed the journey - Frenchmen Gerard d'Aboville in 1991 and Emmanuel Coindre in 2005, according to Ocean Rowing Society records.

"Once she leaves Japan, the next person she'll see will be in San Francisco," said Andrew Cull, the journey's operation manager. "Unless maybe someone in a fishing vessel stops by to say 'Hi' in the middle of the ocean."

Baumstein will take off on her custom-made 23-foot (7 meters), 775-pound (350 kg) boat with 1,200 pounds (544 kg) of freeze-dried food, 180 high-carbohydrate drink supplements and a cache of olive oil that she will consume in hopes of retaining as much weight as possible.
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Re: Rowing across Pacific?

This is a little sail related, in that, she probably relies on having a tail wind to make good progress.

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This is a little sail related, in that, she probably relies on having a tail wind to make good progress.
Yes, that reliance on prevailing wind and current pattern is a big part of that project. I really hope she makes it. It sounds like such an awesome adventure. Looking at her boat I can't stop thinking that so many small sailboats have better sea keeping qualities yet we would not consider them 'suitable' for such a journey.

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Re: Rowing across Pacific?

I couldn't open the article. I will bet the vessel includes a watertight cuddy.

I have to admit that I think one should be prepared to fully underwrite their rescue, if something with such low odds doesn't work out. Of course, I can't say who would decide when an endeavor does and does not have odds in its favor and qualifies for rescue at the public's expense.


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The link doesn't work for me either. Is she as HOT as Lia Ditton?



I gotta admit, I'm a bit, um.....fascinated by these rowing women.
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Sorry about the link. Looks like MSN took it down. Here is one from a different source:
U.S. female rower readies for solo Pacific Ocean odyssey - News - AM 590 - WKZO Everything Kalamazoo

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The link doesn't work for me either. Is she as HOT as Lia Ditton?
Probably not as hot, but for an old geezer like me she is hot enough.
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The link doesn't work for me either. Is she as HOT as Lia Ditton?



I gotta admit, I'm a bit, um.....fascinated by these rowing women.
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