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Unique opportunity for adaptive/able-bodied rowers

The Coxless Rowers – an all-female rowing team – are looking for a female rower to join them on a record-breaking row across the Pacific Ocean.

The team will set off from California in June 2013, seeking to become the first female crew of four to cross the Pacific by rowing boat.


Roughly six months and some 7000 miles later, the Coxless Rowers hope to have written their names in the ocean rowing record books.

With three of the four-woman crew already confirmed for the boat, one place remains for an adaptive or able-bodied rower to take on the challenge of a lifetime.

“The journey is three-times that of the Atlantic, so it is no mean feat,” says Laura Penhaul, one of the three existing Coxless Rowers.

“I have worked for five years in disability sport and am a keen believer in pushing awareness and integration of disability in society and sport.

“This is a great opportunity – Row2Recovery has already shown that it can be done when they rowed across the Atlantic earlier this year.”

The crew welcomes expressions of interest from anyone interested in taking on the Pacific rowing challenge – their only requirements being that potential participants are “willing to muck in with the organising side, as well as the rowing” and “are totally self-sufficient” in the boat.

Just 77 women have successfully rowed across an ocean, and several high profile Pacific Ocean rowing attempts have ended in failure this year.

However, the Coxless Rowers are not only confident of completing the California-Hawaii-Samoa-Cairns, Australia row, but hope to break the current speed record in the process – raising money for four charities along the way.

“Anything is possible,” adds Laura.

For more information about the Coxless Rowers, visit or email The crew can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter.

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