Lia Ditton’s Pacific Row: Slow, Hard, Dangerous

Lia Ditton’s Pacific Row: Slow, Hard, Dangerous
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“To think about death is also to think about life and how best to hang onto it,” reads Lia Ditton’s diary entry after 57 days alone at sea. It reveals someone questioning life’s fragility in waters that have already claimed the lives of two rowers this year. Her own voyage has also been plagued by near misses. On June 17, Ditton left San Francisco to row alone to Honolulu. She hoped to beat the 52-day speed record set in 2014 by Rob Eustace. Poor wind conditions and challenges with her vessel have forced her to instead focus on beating the women’s record of 99 days. So far, Ditton has traveled about 2,200km and has another 1,800km to Honolulu. If she can complete that remaining distance within 41 days, Ditton will be the new record holder. Lately, Ditton has focused on... .... Continue Reading at Explorers Web



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