US woman start journey to row solo across Pacific in her 23-foot long vessel
An Orlando athlete becomes the first woman to set for an up-to-six-month solo journey across the Pacific by rowboat Sunday.
Sonya Baumstein set out on 6,000-mile Pacific crossing by rowboat named the ‘Icha’, short for an Okinawan phrase meaning ‘once we meet we’re family’. It is a 23-foot-long vessel that weighs less than 660 pounds and has no motor or sail.
She waited for weeks to set out in her custom-designed rowboat from Choshi, a port east of Tokyo, headed for San Francisco.
Only three other rowboats have made the journey, and no woman has done it alone. On Sunday, she rowed out of the marina, a tiny sliver on the glittering horizon to finish the 6,000-mile journey by late September.
The 29-year-old has already rowed the Atlantic to the Caribbean. Now, she has an idea of what she will witness at sea over the next few weeks. When the weather allows, she plans to row 14-16 hours a day.
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She said, “I worked three years of my life for this. Its 6,000 miles. It’s going to get bad at times. I just keep my eyes on the prize”.
Andrew Cull, founder of Remote Medical International believes that Baumstein she has the physical, emotional and mental strength to pull off the adventure regardless of the potentially dangerous weather and conditions of the North Pacific.
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