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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Too beautiful not to stop for a photograph. Today I am on something of a pilgrimage and waiting for a journalist right now who doesn’t have a mobile phone - remember those days of waiting? Hanging on a street corner at a certain time? #astoria #nofilter ...

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Sods Law of the Sea determined that the first day of rain for months and months was today, today being the day scheduled to spray on the bottom paint!

Thankfully my boat is in a shed (a rare thing in boat yards around here). The shed’s name is Campsite 7 and because I didn’t give the yard my boat’s name, my bill is under “Campsite 7.” Hilariously I may start calling my boat “Campsite 7!”

A quick thank you - Julio, you are a true artist! Your spray work is to die for. Primer on, a light sanding by me next, then top coat. A second big thank you to @ewanoleary for his boat yard assistance and good humour in dispensing it!

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