Adventurous spirits are being called upon to take part in the inaugural New Ocean Wave Pacific Rowing Race from Monterey Bay, California to Honolulu, Hawaii.
The 2400 mile race, scheduled for June 2014, will be the first of its kind in the Pacific Ocean and will consist of up to 40 boats, each carrying between one and four courageous crew members.
Entries for the race are now open and organisers, New Ocean Wave, are set to introduce ocean rowing to the Southampton Boat show, where they hope to recruit audacious adventurers for the experience of a lifetime.
Although the race has been pitched by New Ocean Wave as “extremely challenging” and a test that will “push the crews to their limits mentally, emotionally and physically”, entrants are not required to currently be rowers.
Training courses and support will be available to ensure participants are prepared for the race, which may take between 35 and 90 days depending on crew members, experience and fitness.
Initiator of the Pacific Rowing Race Chris Martin and team mate Mick Dawson became the first pair to row across the North Pacific from Japan to San Francisco in 2009. Martin said in a press release: “I experienced the most phenomenal feeling on the last day, stepping off a boat I had powered across the ocean using my own muscles.
“I want to provide our entrants with the chance to have the opportunity to experience the same incredible feeling.”
The record-setting ocean rower continued: “Once they have rowed an ocean, our competitors will never look at a globe in the same way again. Those entering the race will also get to experience sights that it is impossible to witness by any other means, from whales swimming within feet of the boat to phosphorescence in the water at night, absolutely breath taking natural beauty.”
New Ocean Wave will be at the Southampton Boat Show on Saturday 22 September.