Redland resident embarks on 2,400 mile rowing trip

May 30 2014

ONE Redland resident is about to embark on a 2,400 mile rowing trip across the Pacific Ocean - along with three other women - in an attempt to become the first all-female crew to row the distance, unsupported.

ONE Redland resident is about to embark on a 2,400 mile rowing trip across the Pacific Ocean - along with three other women - in an attempt to become the first all-female crew to row the distance, unsupported.
Ingrid Kvale has joined forces with Amanda Challans - who is also from Bristol - Emily Blagden and Aoife Ni Mhaoileoin to become 'Team Boatylicious'.
The women will be leaving Monterey Bay in California on June 7, and arriving in Honolulu, Hawaii 40-45 days later. They hope to raise £40,000 for three charities - Hope and Homes for Children, WaterAid and The Ahoy Centre.
Team Boatylicious will be one of 13 crews taking part in the Great Pacific Race, which organisers have described as the "biggest, baddest human endurance challenge on the planet".
Only five people have ever rowed this route.
The crew will be carrying all of their own equipment and food aboard their 24-foot boat, the 'Black Oyster'. They have also been provided with a special filter which turns sea water into fresh drinking water.
There are two rowing positions with a small cabin in both the stern and bow for shelter and storage. The women will be sticking to a rigorous rowing schedule of two hours on, two hours off for 24-hours a day.
A weather router man, based in the Isle of Wight, will be directing Team Boatylicious to avoid bad weather.
Ingrid said: "From the moment we step off land the boat will be our life support, carrying us, our food and equipment for the duration of the race.
"It's going to be very gruelling and painful - 2,400 miles is a long way to travel in open ocean.
"There are quite few risks - we need to watch out for large ships, sharks and it's also the early stages of hurricane season. There's also the risk of heat stroke and dehydration."
She added: "But I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be a challenge - and I can't wait to see the sea creatures in their natural surroundings."
Ingrid, who studied zoology at university and is a wildlife film producer, will be filming the journey.
The 44-year-old has been on a high protein diet in the build-up to the race, training six days a week, and doing yoga once a week.
Ingrid joined the team three months ago when a place on the boat became available. She started rowing four years ago.
"I've always been quite adventurous and I'm always wanting to make the most of life; seizing the moment, and doing things while I've still got the chance."
Last year she attempted to row around Britain in a mixed team, but due an electrical problem and a team member dropping out, she was unable to complete the race.
To find out more about the race, and to make a donation, visit: www.boatylicious.org

Ingrid Kvale