Congrats to The Ocean Angels!

7 07 2009

File this under Awesomeness!

women rowing team

The Ocean Angels, a group of four fantastic women, Fiona Waller, 34, of London, Elin Davies, 32, of Bala, Gwynedd, Jo Jackson, 28, of Sussex, and Sarah Duff, 25, have made history as the first all female crew to row across the Indian Ocean.  They were competing in the 3,720 mile  Woodvale Indian Ocean Race and departed from Western Australia in April.  After spending 79 days at sea, they reached the finishing line in Port Louis, Mauritius, early Tuesday morning.

Although the Ocean Angels did not win the race (a male British team won, arriving at the finish line on June 26th), they still deserve a big round of applause.  The Indian Ocean Race is considered the toughest rowing race in the world.  Ten boats began the race and only half of them made it past halfway.  Before this year’s race, only two men ever finished it.  Training for the race has been a challenge for all four women who have been training for it since 2008.

In completing the race, the Ocean Angels sought to raise 50,000 pounds for Breast Cancer Care.  Ms. Waller herself was diagnosed with cancer after her 30th birthday and has fought it.  Of their accomplishment, she said:

I can’t believe we’ve finally made it – the first all female crew to row across the Indian Ocean.

To say it’s been tough is an understatement but what an adventure. We have seen the best and the worst of the Indian Ocean.

I’m really proud of what we’ve achieved both in terms of our world record and also the money we have raised for Breast Cancer Care.

Again, congrats to the Ocean Angels on their phenomenal feat!!



One response

8 07 2009

What an amazing feat! Thanks for posting this piece!

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