Sonya's Rowing Odyssey to Begin

sonya-baumstein-solo-pacific-row-2015In just a few days, Sonya Baumstein’s attempt to be the first female to solo row 6,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean, west to east begins. Despite multiple attempts by other rowers, this feat has only been accomplished twice before in 1991 and 2005 by two French men.

Imagine four to six months of rowing a 23-foot boat across a vast ocean with only passing fish or fowl for company, a satellite phone to connect with shore crew, GPS tracking to let the world know where she is, and freeze dried food for comfort. Plus the prospect of losing more than 40 pounds she purposely gained to aid her body in this grueling quest that anticipates using 10,000 calories a day. This is not your average boat ride.

Final preparations are underway right now in Japan for this heroic event. Read a recent interview here Follow Sonya on facebook

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