Monthly Archives: March 2014
This is one challenge that is going to prove quite an oar-deal…
Elsa Hammond is aiming to make history by rowing 3,860km (2,400 miles) solo across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii.
Along with beating the record of 99 days held by Briton Roz Savage, the part-time PhD student plans to raise thousands for charity in the inaugral Great Pacific Race.
‘It is going to be difficult. And some of the waters are known for being populated with quite a few great white sharks, which is a worry,’ the 29-year-old told Metro.
‘However the biggest danger is my boat is so small shipping won’t be able to see me.’ Ms Hammond, from Bristol, estimates she will be rowing up to 16 hours a day in a 7m (24ft) long vessel.
She also plans to highlight the achievements of everyday female heroes by asking the public to nominate an ‘inspirational’ woman for each of the miles she rows.
She said: ‘I didn’t want to make a big deal out of me being a woman. But as more people started asking me about it, with reference to my gender, I wanted to challenge people’s preconceptions.’
For more on her challenge, which begins on June 7, and details on how to nominate, visit www.elsahammond.com.