Pacific Triow - World's Toughest Row
Fundraising for Cancer Research UK
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Our goal is to row 2800 miles across the Pacific Ocean and raise £150,000 for our chosen charity, Cancer Research UK.
In June 2024, we will set off on their attempt to complete the World’s Toughest Row – Pacific Challenge. The challenge is a 2800-mile unsupported row from Monterey Bay, California to Kaua’i, Hawaii. The row is an extreme endurance race where teams from across the globe test themselves against mother nature. We will endure serious sleep deprivation, sea sickness, huge calorie deficits, hallucinations, heat stroke, salt sores, and all the weather and waves the Pacific Ocean throws at us - it will be the ultimate test of body and mind. To date, only seven women have ever rowed across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Between now and June 2024, the three of us will spend almost every day preparing ourselves - mentally and physically - for this huge challenge ahead.
We are the 'Pacific Triow' – Charlotte Irving, Jess Goddard and Taylor Winyard – three ocean rowing adventurers with a second ocean crossing and world record attempt in our sights! We met competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in separate crews, rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean between December 2021 and January 2022.
Taylor was the first of us to reach land in Antigua after 40 days at sea as part of ‘Team Atlantic Nomads’. Taylor set a new world record for the fastest mixed trio to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Jess and her team, ‘In Deep Ship,’ made land two days later, completing a world first as a mixed team of four – three women and one man. Just two hours later, Charlotte reached Antigua, setting a new world record for the fastest female trio, alongside her ‘Extraoardinary’ teammates.
Together we made over £150,000 for our chosen charities, and we all loved rowing an ocean so much that when presented with the opportunity to tackle a new ocean, we grabbed it with six hands!
One in every three people will be affected by cancer at some point in their lives, and it is a harsh reality that most people will witness the devastating effect of this disease first hand, as it impacts the lives of a friend or loved one. The economic burden of cancer is enormous, with estimates suggesting that it costs the global economy over $1.1 trillion annually in health care expenditure and lost productivity. The charity works hard to prevent the disease, diagnose it early, develop new treatments and optimise existing treatments to make them more effective. The findings of their research are shared with a global network of experts and individuals, all united under the common goal of beating cancer sooner. Although Cancer Research has led to significant advances in prevention, detection and treatment over the past few decades, there is still so much to be done. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on Cancer Research funding, with many organisations and governments redirecting resources towards pandemic-related research and response. Cancer continues to be one of the most prevalent healthcare issues of our time, which made it an obvious choice for our fundraising efforts across our Pacific Challenge.
Please join us in the fight to beat cancer by donating what you can.
Charlotte Irving, Jess Goddard and Taylor Winyard
The Pacific Triow