Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Shipping and Forwarding Sectors Asked to Support Solo Pacific Row

'Crazy Brit' Record Attempt Needs Financial Assistance from Maritime Interests
Shipping News Feature

US – UK – Fewer people have rowed solo across the Pacific Ocean than have walked on the moon. The route from the coast of California to the shores of Hawaii involve the most hazardous sea crossing of fully 2,100 nautical miles and the men and women who undertake such perilous oceanic adventures are an elite and mutually supportive crowd. Now stakeholders in shipping and forwarding and other sectors of the maritime world are being asked to support the efforts of Daryl Farmer, 39, from West Sussex in England who is attempting to beat the record of 64 days for the crossing set by American Mick Bird back in 1997.

Daryl, rowing under the name of ‘Rowing 4 Reefs’, is no stranger to taking on incredible challenges having completed both the Marathon de Sables (150 miles across the Sahara) and the Jungle Marathon (140 miles through the Amazon rainforest). Now, inspired by other adventurers like single-handed rower Roz Savage MBE, and James Cracknell amongst others, and committed to raising funds for ocean conservation as well as for the Peter Andre Foundation, supporting Cancer Research UK, he has his sights set out to sea with a crack at this year's Great Pacific Race.

One party already on board is Pete Bethune, who in his boat Earthrace set a new world speed record in 2008 for a powerboat circumnavigating the globe. Sadly Earthrace itself is no more, sunk in January 2010 after being rammed by a Japanese whaling vessel, but the spirit of the boat remains alive in the organisation's marine conservation efforts. Bethune, a New Zealander, said:

“In Earthrace we managed 23,497 nautical miles in 60 days 23 hours 49 minutes. Believe me, Earthrace was not a comfortable boat to be in, stripped down for speed as she was. However, at least our remarkable Cummins Mercruiser engines did most of the work, and I wasn't on my own.

“Daryl is rowing over 2,000 nautical miles single-handed across one of the most unpredictable and dangerous oceans in the world. That he is doing this to raise awareness of issues that I also feel very strongly about such as shark finning, ocean acidification and whale and dolphin hunting only increases my admiration for this crazy Brit.

“I remain forever grateful for all the support Earthrace had from amongst the marine community, we would never have achieved what we did without it. I am so proud that Daryl’s boat will carry the Earthrace logo out over the oceans once again and I urge anyone in the marine business that can support him whether financially through sponsorship or by offering goods and services that will help him with his challenge to get in touch with him now. It’s an incredible opportunity to be associated with a great adventure, an amazing man and two great causes.”

There are 15 boats and 38 competitors in all taking part in the Race which begins in June this year from Monterey, CA, with crews from nine different countries including the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, Canada, France and Ireland. Built from a special carbon/Kevlar foam sandwich construction, Daryl’s boat, ‘Bojangles’, was built with the Pacific in mind. She is one of the strongest, most proven and sought-after ocean rowing boats in the world, already in the record books as the first and only rowing boat to successfully complete a crossing of the Pacific West to East with its crew of Mick Dawson and Chris Martin (Race Director, Great Pacific Race) in 2009. Daryl Farmer comments:

“I’m delighted to have the support of Pete Bethune and the Earthrace team as well as Peter Andre and the Cancer Research UK team. This will be an enormous challenge for me personally, but preparations are going well, I’m race fit and so is the boat. I’m passionate about both the causes I am supporting and that will keep me rowing even if the going gets rough. I’m looking forward to the start now and am determined to get to the finish successfully in record time.”

Anyone willing to sponsor Daryl for any amount can do so here or contact him at rowing4reefs@hotmail.co.uk