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Sonya Baumstein Begins Epic Solo Rowing Trip Across Pacific

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | May 19, 2015

Sonya Baumstein Begins Epic Solo Rowing Trip Across Pacific

Image via Twitter

Crossing the Pacific is always an arduous journey, especially if you decide to row the entire way.

CNN’s Madeline Stix reports on Sonya Baumstein who is an astounding person embarking on an equally remarkable task, covering 6,000 miles of ocean from Choshi, Japan, to San Francisco, California.

Though the 30-year-old isn’t flying on an international flight or wading through the tumult of ocean currents on a luxury liner. She is taking to the waters on a rowboat of sorts, and she will be doing the entirety of the rowing.

Baumstein relays the unbelievable task to CNN with a few simple words: “There's no sail; there's no motor.”

Baumstein was happy to share the initial throes of her journey via Twitter, showing off her vessel as well as her glowing smile:

The mesmerizing details also featured on Instagram:

The last caption hints at just how savvy one has to be when packing on a trip of this magnitude: “The great news is that the boat easily holds all of my 180 days of food under the deck plus two extra dry bags!”

Baumstein explains to the Orlando Sentinel a bit more about the boat as well as what went in to crafting the specialized vessel:

As she states, the journey will demand 7,000 to 10,000 calories each day, which are expended over rowing activity that mandates 12 to 18 hours of exertion each day.

Baumstein follows Gerard d'Aboville and Emmanuel Coindre who both completed the same Herculean task in 1995 and 2005, respectively.

This time, however, there will be researchers keenly studying the journey. As CNN reports, the trip will coincide with work done by a NASA Earth and Space Research program.

Stix writes, “Geared with technology from Sontek YSI and Liquid Robotics, Baumstein will be collecting information on water temperatures, salinity levels and currents as she rows.”

If successful, Baumstein will help enrich scientific data as well as become the first woman to make this amazing journey.

The mind grows weary just thinking about the weather, capricious currents and outrageous physical demands Baumstein will have to endure.

The world is indeed behind the 30-year-old who is trying to conquer no less than the Pacific Ocean.


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