Yo Row - Lia Ditton Map

To date only 2 people have successfully rowed solo
across the North Pacific Ocean.

December 2015, Lia visualized being alone in an ocean rowing boat in typhoon-winds and roaring waves. Again and again Lia visualized what she would do, how she would cope.

“I am going to row, solo and unsupported across the North Pacific Ocean,” Lia told friends in January 2016. Lia was hesitant to vocalize her big ambition, but succeed or fail, the worst thing she decided was not to try.

Departing in early 2018, Lia will attempt to row some 5,000 nautical miles alone from Japan to San Francisco.

Lia’s boat is 21ft long and will be packed with 6 months worth of food (although we seriously hope it won’t take that long).

The closest human beings will be 90 miles overhead in the International Space Station.

Lia must take everything with her that she needs to survive.

40-foot seas, 60-knot winds, whales, dolphins and sharks – there is nothing pacific about the Pacific. The Pacific Ocean is arguably the hardest and wildest stretch of ocean in the world.

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This freighter diverted course to check out my boat. This is the 2nd time in 2 days, that a scarily large hulk of metal has bared down on me to say hello. I appreciate the interest, but seriously captains!! Use your binoculars! #yorow #pacificsolo2018 #safetyatsea ...

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Easter Sunday well spent: rowing around Angel Island. I opted to row counter-clockwise today, because of the forecast southerlies. Squally winds, tide against me at various times and a proper fight through Raccoon Straight...every row in SF Bay is a micro adventure! #yorow #pacificsolo2018 #worldrecordattempt #empoweringwomen #sanfranciscoyachtclub ...

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Peaking out between the roses (a table decoration, not a gift!) is the same me, just one year older. Thank you @moeroddy and @dkwieneke for treating me to a posh YC dinner and telling the waiter to stick a candle in my carrot cake after I'd insisted he shouldn't! Love you both #friendsofyorow #dreamteam #worldrecordattempt #pacificsolo2018 #poweredbycake ...

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