We are due to leave from Monterey Bay,California in June 2014; covering well over 2,100 nautical miles across the Pacific Ocean to the finish line in Honolulu, Hawaii. Using rugged purpose-built ocean rowing boats, governed by a set of event rules and a mandatory equipment list to ensure a safe and level playing field, teams will compete for the highest accolade – to be the first to reach the finish line in the quickest possible time. Whatever mother nature decides to test us with, we will have to endure. Although we will receive daily weather forecasts, and advice on which course to set from our weather router, Stokey, we will not always have the capability to avoid weather systems, and will have to deal with whatever lay ahead.
On top of all this,we will be taking two hour shifts on the oars. That’s two hours rowing followed by two hours rest, 24 hours a day, every day, for however long it takes.
We will be completely self sufficient for the entirety of our time at sea. Food supplies for the journey will be stowed aboard in California, our water provided by a desalinator,which,along with the rest of the electrical and navigation equipment,will be powered by the sun through solar panels.
The route will be followed by support boats, although the nearest help may be several days away if something were to go wrong. All boats have a comprehensive compulsory kit list ( see boat and equipment) which will be checked before departure, this is for our own safety so that we can survive in such a situation until help arrives.
Although others have crossed the Pacific before, no pair has ever rowed this particular route . To know that we will be one of the first to ever achieve this is something that never ceases to amaze and inspire us. There are so few “firsts” left in this world, and being part this event is something very special indeed.