The all female British rowing team have reached the final destination of their 10-month journey in a pink boat built in Dorset.
The Coxless Crew arrived in Cairns, Australia this morning, breaking records as the first ever female team and first ever team in a four-person boat to row the Pacific.
The gruelling 8446 miles from San Francisco to Cairns was travelled in 29 foot Coxless boat, ‘Doris’, built by Rossiters Yachts in Christchurch in aid of Breast Cancer Care and Walking with the Wounded.
The family run business is currently one of the world’s leading producers of ocean rowing boats and were approached by the team back in 2013.
“We started building the boat three years ago and where it was such a drawn out process we really got to know the crew,” says Chris Rossiter, joint business owner of the company.
“The main thing to focus on when building the boat was to make sure it was completely self sufficient so they were not reliant on support.” explains Chris.
It was not an easy task for the female adventurers who experienced heavy storms, ginormous waves and food rationing, all in the bright pink 29-foot boat. It was major test of endurance, rowing two hours on and two hours off 24 hours a day, challenging the team’s mental and physical capabilities to the full. They burnt over 5,000 calories a day, faced seasickness and battled physical and mental exhaustion.
“They put their faith in the build and the boat and for it to have travelled almost 9000 miles we’re very pleased that it held up as well as it did.” Says Chris. “It did us and them proud.”
Despite the struggles that the crew faced on their journey, they remained upbeat and not only broke two records but raised a substantial amount of money for their two chosen charities. Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care said: “I’d like to congratulate the Coxless Crew on their incredible achievement. Rowing the Pacific Ocean in a four-person boat has taken a huge amount of dedication and hard work but every penny they raise for us will make a real difference to the lives of people affected by breast cancer.”
The Dorset-built boat, ‘Doris’, is due to return in the near future where the team will continue to raise funds for their chosen charities before it is sold on.