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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Of course the fog eventually cleared yesterday, but by then the tide had turned and the wind was pumping and I was up the backside of Angel Island 🌴! #yorowtraining #microadventure #pacificsolo2018 #guinnessworldrecord #sanfranciscobayarea ...

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Of course the fog eventually cleared yesterday, but by then the tide had turned and the wind was pumping and I was up the backside of Angel Island 🌴! #yorowtraining #microadventure #pacificsolo2018 #guinnessworldrecord #sanfranciscobayarea ...

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Plan A: Sausalito to SF. "You should make it today," said the instructor looking out across the water from the Sausalito Rowing Club. I remember this amused me. Half an hour later and fog begins to creep down the hillsides. After an upwind effort to get closer to the Marin headland, the north foot of the Golden Gate comes into view. "If I can just get to the gate," I thought, "It doesn't matter if the wind pushes me into the bay. I can use it to set towards the St. Francis YC." Then the fog smothers me and the wind proceeding the fog starts to deflect my course towards Angel Island. When the Sausalito ferry comes towards me and 10 seconds later disappears into cotton wool, I think, "OK! Plan B: I'll row round Angel Island!" Off I rocket along the south side of Angel Island. Up the east side should have been with wind and with tide, but is with wind and against tide; across Raccoon Strait is with tide and against wind and up Richardson Bay is against wind and against tide and frankly I am barely treading water. Uh-oh. Plan C: beat a retreat to the SFYC. I reach the breakwater and see Etchel sailing dinghies piled up at every available dock space. Plan D: call the CYC. The Corinthian YC were wonderfully Corinthian and said come right in! 7hrs of non-stop, mostly upwind rowing later and I am dying to stop rowing. Because that's the thing when you row (or kayak) upwind or against the tide - you can't stop, to eat, to pee, to do anything or you lose your heading and the boat goes side on to the wind. Rowing an ocean is predominantly downwind. Thank goodness. But it's great to be out there making memories, which are hopefully harder than the real thing. Hopefully 😉 #yorowtraining #bestjobintheworld #microadventure #sanfranciscobay #oceanrowing #pacificsolo2018 #guinnessworldrecord ...

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