All-Female Coxless Crew Just Set Two World Records, Rowing From California To Australia

"Progress has little to do with speed, but much to do with direction."

The British Coxless Crew just completed a historic voyage across the Pacific Ocean.

After setting sail in April 2015 from The Golden Gate Bridge, the all-female crew reached the shores of Cairns, Australia nine months later on Jan. 24 2016.  

According to BBC News, the crew, sailing in a 29-foot pink ship named Doris, consisted of three permanent members: Laura Penhaul, 32, Natalia Cohen, 40, and Emma Mitchell, 30. Three other members by the names of Isabel Burnham, 31, Lizanne van Vuuren, 27, and Meg Dyos, 25, took turns joining the voyage throughout the three legs of the trip. 

On their Facebook page, Coxless Crew writes they rowed around 8,500 miles over the course of 257-days, working on a two-hour rowing shift rotation with 90-minute breaks for sleep. 

Frustrating times aboard Doris. So near and yet so far! It's hot hot hot and the final few hundred miles definitely...

Posted by Coxless Crew on Friday, January 15, 2016

They faced challenges like battling gigantic waves and the elements, but had plenty of bright moments, too — such as when Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter, called in to say "Hi." 

The brave women completed not just one, but two world records when they struck the shores of Cairns, making them the "first all-female team and the first team of four to row the Pacific," according to BBC News. And they did it all unassisted, feasting on 5,000 calories per day. 

Just in case you should ever find yourself in the middle of the Pacific in a 29 ft pink boat we feel we need to equip...

Posted by Coxless Crew on Monday, September 28, 2015

Today we're on Day 20 of the second leg! It all seems very odd that one day this will all just be a memory. Still,...

Posted by Coxless Crew on Monday, August 17, 2015

They docked only twice on their journey, stopping in Hawaii and Samoa for a week each.

Besides setting two world records, the aim of the Coxless Crew's voyage was to raise money for Walking With The Wounded,  an organization raising money to help injured servicewomen transition from military to civilian life, and Breast Cancer Care, an organization providing "specialist support and tailored information for anyone affected by breast cancer."

Congrats to these athletes on their amazing accomplishments!


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