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In June 2021, the four women who call themselves the Ocean Sheroes will be taking part in The Great Pacific Rowing Race, a 2,700 mile (4,345 kilometre) row from San Francisco, California to Waikiki, Hawaii. This massive effort will be accompanied by a fundraising campaign for The Seabin Foundation.
Building a Network of Change-Makers
“This is about so much more than rowing an ocean, we’re here to build a network of change-makers to create a positive impact for people and planet. And we are aiming to raise £60,000 (AU$110,000) for our chosen charity The Seabin Project,” says Sheroes Captain, Perusha.
“Together, as a community, we want to bring about change in daily behaviours and habits, however small, that collectively preserves our home – the world – for future generations,” she says.
Known as one of the toughest endurance races on earth, only 60 people (22 teams) have ever completed the row between mainland USA and Hawaii. To put this in perspective, to date, over 4000 people have climbed Mt Everest, 1604 have wintered at the South Pole and 566 people have been to space.
Perusha and her teammates, Bella, Lily and Mary will be aiming to break the current female-four World Record of 50 days, 8 hours and 14 minutes, which was set in 2014.
Campaign to Educate, Motivate and Inspire Others
“We’re four women with a love of adventure wanting to use our campaign as a platform to educate, motivate and inspire others. We have a vision of a world where sustainability is second nature, where people are connected, both with each other and their surroundings, and who are empowered – by these connections – to challenge the status quo,” says Bella.
Teams made up of 2 or 4 crew, all competing in identical boats, will be entirely self-supported and unassisted from the start gun in San Francisco until the finishing line in Hawaii.
Sleep deprivation, physical and mental fatigue, salt sores, weight loss and the forces of nature will challenge competitors but be assured that teams are monitored 24/7 for the entirety of the race by the race directors.
Perusha says, “The first 10 days of the row will be gruelling as we are thrust into life at sea. We will battle with the weather and currents to get away from mainland America which will naturally want to pull us off course. There will be lots of moments of self-doubt during this time and especially as I suffer from seas sickness which I know will test me both mentally and physically.”
But to keep their spirits up, each has already worked out their favourite music (Disney tunes, Pharell Williams, Hans Zimmer soundtracks) and what tasty snack will get them through (olives, Lemons, hot sauce and chocolate).
“We are so proud of the Sheroes who are trying to train during COVID19 tough reality in the UK and are aiming for the highest fundraising for Seabin Project ever! Good luck ladies!” says COO Mahi Paquette.