After more than nine months at sea, a group of British rowers finally touched down in Cairns, Australia.
The female rowers, dubbed the Coxless Crew, set off from San Fransisco in April of last year to cross the Pacific Ocean in a 29-foot rowboat. The three crew members, Laura Penhaul, Natalia Cohen and Emma Mitchell, completed their ambitious 9,200-mile journey in three legs, with rowers Isabel Burnham, Lizanne van Vuuren and Meg Dyos each joining as a fourth rower for one leg of the trip.
The trans-Pacific trip took 257 days to complete, approximately three months longer than the brave women estimated. Throughout the course of the journey, the women worked two-hour shifts in pairs, each sleeping only 90 minutes at a time.
They reportedly ate 5,000 calories per day, subsisting mainly off freeze-dried food and protein bars, and encountered everything from fierce tropical storms to near-misses with humpback whales.
The team of women broke two world records: one for becoming the first four-person team to row across the Pacific and the second for being the first all-female crew to do the same.
The journey raised funds for Walking With The Wounded and Breast Cancer Care.
Check out some photos from their trip below.
The Coxless Crew spent the duration of their epic voyage aboard a tiny, 29-foot rowboat.
Posted by Coxless Crew on Thursday, January 14, 2016
The 9,200-mile trip was completed in three legs, with stops in Hawaii and Samoa.
Amazing feature in People online magazine thanks to our documentary Losing Sight of Shore director Sarah Moshman!! A... Posted by Coxless Crew on Monday, December 28, 2015
The journey took a full 257 days to complete…
Hope you're all enjoying 2016 so far!! Today's blog comes from Meg, describing the rotations how exciting it can be to '... Posted by Coxless Crew on Saturday, January 2, 2016
...and the crew described the once-in-a-lifetime experience as “overwhelming.”
Frustrating times aboard Doris. So near and yet so far! It's hot hot hot and the final few hundred miles definitely... Posted by Coxless Crew on Friday, January 15, 2016
The incredible experience was filmed by director Sarah Moshman for a documentary called “Losing Sight of Shore.”
Update – we are still in the absolutely incredibly calm, glass like ocean state! It's completely mesmerising how the... Posted by Coxless Crew on Friday, December 18, 2015
You can also read more about the record-setting journey on the Coxless Crew blog.
Posted by Coxless Crew on Sunday, January 24, 2016