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No, not a Lonely Heart ad from me, but something far more appealing – the chance to row across the Pacific.

Two separate crews have contacted me looking for crew members. I have pasted both their pitches below.

If you are even a tiny bit tempted then please do apply: ocean rowers are not superstar, heroic tough guys. They are normal people like you and me. I promise you that you could row the Pacific. That is not the issue. It’s more about whether you’re willing to make it happen or not…

Team Fourbirdsaboating

Fourbirdsaboating Pacific Ocean Row Selection Day 2013
On Saturday 28th September 2013, all girl team Fourbirdsaboating will host their team
selection day, followed by a PechaKucha event, at Leander Club, Henley-On-Thames.

Fourbirdsaboating are seeking two ordinary women to take part in an 8 month world record
breaking expedition across the Pacific Ocean from Monterey Bay, California to Cairns,
Australia, setting off in May 2014, arriving around December 2014. The women do not
need experience of rowing or previous expeditions as full training will be provided.
“During the row, the women will broadcast live from their boat ‘Mr Toad’ to bring the
oceans alive, especially for children who may have never seen the sea.
The aim of the 7200 nautical mile row is to raise the profile of science, technology,
engineering, and maths, and to provide FREE, online, environmental, STEM, and
geography education to young people aged 5-25 years worldwide. The team will engage
students in citizen science and encourage them to undertake professions in STEM
focused roles. Using pioneering ‘live from the boat’ technology, Fourbirdsaboating will be
the ‘eyes and ears’ of their young viewers. They aim to raise the confidence and self belief
of young people by providing space for them to interact with the best scientists, sports
people, and world leaders and to empower them through cultural exchange and
communication with peers worldwide.
The team will promote the value and role of women in society through online interaction,
interviews, and video footage of both men and women from around the globe, and in
particular, the four ‘very ordinary female rowers’”.
The selection day will offer the chance to try out for a funded place on the Pacific Ocean
expedition, and to row on the ‘Henley Royal Regatta’ course with some of Team GB’s
finest rowers and sports professionals.
For all bookings and enquiries, please contact Fourbirdsaboating Skipper Sarah

Team Boatylicious

About Us:
We are an all female team competing in the first ever rowing race across the Pacific Ocean
in June 2014. The race sets off from Monterey, California crossing 2100 nautical miles of the
Pacific Ocean to reach Honolulu, Hawaii. We are now recruiting for 2 more ladies (and 1
reserve!) to join us on this exciting adventure! Please take some time to read the details
below and have a look at the official race website ( before
About the race:
The race officially starts on June 7th 2014 (conditions dependant) but you will need to be in
California at least 2 weeks beforehand. We are aiming to complete this adventure in 40 days
– by rowing for 2 hours/resting for 2 hours… for the entire journey! As such, physical training
has already started and you should be in a position to dedicate time for this. Currently a few
hours during the week and an average of one training weekend a month, this will soon be
increasing to 2 training weekends a month and longer weekly sessions.
The Costs:
Currently standing at a rough total of £64,000 – including all equipment, food, mandatory
courses and kit, etc. We are, of course, expecting to raise the majority of this via corporate
sponsorship so it’s VITAL that you are also in a position to allocate time for this aspect of
things as well.
What We’re Looking for:
 Commitment – Both financial and time. This project is a LOT of work and we expect
anyone joining the team to be fully involved in all aspects of the preparation. As a
rough guide, you can expect 2 hours of emailing each day in addition to the time you
need to spend physically training. Mandatory courses (i.e. Yachmaster Theory) are all
due to start in October/November and these cost around £700
 Physical Fitness – A good level of physical fitness should already in place, with a
willingness to train like an animal!
 Good Sense of Humour – 40 days at sea in rather cramped conditions; this one
speaks for itself!
To Apply!
If, like us, you’d like to earn your trip to Hawaii the hard way – we’d love to hear from you.
Please include in your application letter an active plan for how you would raise £1000 within
the first month on the team!
Our website is:
You can contact us by emailing

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