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Britons row 5,000 miles to cross Pacific
San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer

Posted on 11/14/2009 1:00:54 PM PST by thecodont

(11-13) 17:44 PST SAN FRANCISCO -- Friday the 13th was the luckiest day of the year for two British adventurers who passed under the Golden Gate Bridge on Friday morning after rowing a 23-foot-long boat more than 5,000 miles across the Pacific from Japan.

The voyage took 189 days - more than six months - on a boat made of Kevlar and propelled only by muscle power. The two men were stalked by whales, tossed by storms, ran low on food and sometimes despaired. They did not sight land until Thursday, when the dim silhouette of Point Reyes appeared on the horizon.

"A once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing," said Mick Dawson, 45, the skipper.

Why did they do it?

"It hasn't been done before," said Chris Martin, 28, Dawson's rowing partner. The voyage apparently is the first unaided and unescorted transpacific voyage in a rowing boat.

Both men have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean before - Dawson did it twice and Martin once - but the immense North Pacific was an ocean apart.

"There is no comparison," said Dawson. "It's the difference between a skiing holiday vacation and trekking to the North Pole. Getting across the Pacific to San Francisco is incredibly difficult."

They took turns rowing, two hours on and two hours off every day, every night.

(Excerpt) Read more at sfgate.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; US: California; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: britons; pacific; rowing

Cool story.

And thanks to Mr. Nolte, one of my favorite Chronicle writers.

1 posted on 11/14/2009 1:00:55 PM PST by thecodont
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To: thecodont

Wow. What a feat.


2 posted on 11/14/2009 1:10:23 PM PST by libh8er
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To: thecodont
British Consul General Julian Evans welcomed them on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen.

Where was Queen Pelosi?

3 posted on 11/14/2009 1:11:27 PM PST by Fester Chugabrew
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To: Fester Chugabrew

I’ll bite: why bother?


4 posted on 11/14/2009 1:33:28 PM PST by benewton
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To: thecodont

THanks for posting the story & link

Reminds me of the Tinker Belle, a 12 ft sailboat that crossed the Atlantic in the mid 60s - quite the deal in that day.


5 posted on 11/14/2009 1:38:10 PM PST by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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To: thecodont
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LOL - they could always make seafood chowder...

Barnacles attached to the stern of the Bojangles

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6 posted on 11/14/2009 1:42:36 PM PST by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" Lincoln)
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To: All

Does anyone know how that young girl (I think she’s 13?) is doing??


7 posted on 11/14/2009 1:45:11 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: maine-iac7

If they would just plate those metal parts with cadmium, there would be no barnacles on them. As soon as the barnacle attaches and absorbs a bit of cadmium, it dies.


8 posted on 11/14/2009 2:29:31 PM PST by darth
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To: thecodont

They sure took the long way to escape the National Healthcare System. Too bad it’s following them here. ;-)


9 posted on 11/14/2009 3:16:51 PM PST by bigemmk
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To: thecodont

pffftttt....whales don’t stalk boats nor people

oh yeah, we were out in the ocean and we had some whales stalking us...............NOT


10 posted on 11/14/2009 3:54:57 PM PST by MissDairyGoodnessVT (=^..^= =^..^= =^..^==^..^==^..^==^..^=)
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To: jackibutterfly
If you mean Laura Dekker, the 13 year old Dutch girl, the courts have ruled she can't go.

Jessica Watson, the 16 year old Australian girl, is near the Equator, running about 10% ahead of schedule, and should complete the northern loop around the Line Islands this week.

11 posted on 11/15/2009 12:41:06 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (("To psychology! The cause of... and solution to... all of life's problems"))
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