Lia Ditton’s Pacific Crossing Begins

Lia Ditton’s Pacific Crossing Begins
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A few days before one Pacific solo rower, Angela Madsen, perished of as-yet unknown causes, another woman, Lia Ditton, set off on a similar route from California to Hawaii. Ditton, 40, left San Francisco on June 17 to beat both the men’s and women’s record for rowing across the Pacific. She will have to cover the 4,000km faster than the 52 days taken by Rob Eustace in 2014. She had planned to start back in April, but COVID-19 restrictions and shutdowns made it hard for her to obtain the kit that she prefers to row with. Closures to water access points also impeded an earlier start.   In the moments immediately before Ditton departed, she wavered in hr resolve, as she thought of her friend and fellow rower Ruihan Yu, who died earlier this year during his second attempt at... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web

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