After 257 days grueling days, a British six-person team of rowers has made history by becoming the first all-female rowing crew (and the first to row four at a time) to cross the Pacific Ocean, arriving in Australia on Monday. The “Coxless Crew”, six women between the age of 25 and 40, left San Francisco, USA on April 2015, and arrived in Cairns, Australia after 8,446 miles of rowing. The six rowed 24 hours’ straight in two-hour shifts, only stopping on land to restock twice for up to a week, in Hawaii and Samoa. Their 29-foot pink rowing boat Doris had a cabin the size of a two-man tent in which the women would wash, clean and sleep, which Emma Mitchell (one of the rowers) described as a “two-man tent-sized sauna.” The team began the trip with the goal of raising 250,000 pounds (US$357,487) for charities Walking with the Wounded, which supports injured servicewomen in the UK, and Breast Cancer Care, and had managed around $43,000 by the time of their arrival in Cairns.
Filmmaker Sarah Moshman, who is documenting their journey in a film to be released later this year, Losing Sight of Shore, met up with the women whenever they hit land saying she was honored to work on the project: “The most eye opening part of their journey to me is their sheer determination. There were so many moments where they could have given up or wanted to quit and they never stopped. This is an incredible story of courage, perseverance and friendship and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”