The Great Pacific (Rowing) Race is Off!

June 9, 2014

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“No sails, no engines… just muscle” is how this band of competitors describes their human powered Race Across the Pacific – what about COURAGE?!

This is only ocean rowing event on the Pacific and first rowing race across 2,400 miles of open ocean! The crews come from a variety of backgrounds, many having little experience before deciding to row an ocean. The crews prepared for the adventure with training courses and time at sea with their boats. The boats are unique rowing vessels and are made from modern composite materials, and carry one, two, or four people and measure around 23 feet long and 6 feet wide. They have sealed compartments at either end with an open center cockpit where the rower(s) sit to row one or two at a time and are designed to be self-righting if inverted by the 40ft high waves that they will undoubtedly encounter during storms.

They row the bow into the ocean sitting with their backs to the bow which is narrow to cut through the chop. The sleek look of the boats belies the amount of equipment that is loaded into cabins and cockpit which includes safety equipment, rations for 3 months, satellite navigation and communication, anti-collision systems and a water desalination units to provide drinking water, all powered by the solar panels!

Leanne Zrum of Team

Leanne Zrum of Team with GoBe light

There are 13 teams competing and Light & Motion is supporting the only Canadian and two-person women crew with a GoBe Search light to add to their safety equipment. Since the rowers have to dive into the Pacific to check the integrity of their hulls GoBe is the perfect light since it can also operate topside as a long-range search light or emergency beacon. The team of Rebecca Berger and Leanne Zrum of are experienced rowers but have never rowed an ocean but according to Rebecca it IS the ocean she knows so why not!?

Watch the video and find out more about Rowing the Pacific 2014!

The rowers left Monterey harbor today and are expected to reach Honolulu, Hawaii anywhere from one to three months depending on the size of the crew. You can track Rebecca and Leanne and the other teams across the ocean here.