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Breast Cancer Care
The challenge begins well before they set off. At the same time as planning and training to ensure they are physically and mentally prepared, they will also be campaigning to raise funds and awareness for Breast Cancer Care. Their aim is to raise £50,000 to support sufferers and future sufferers of breast cancer through the fantastic work of the charity.
The Woodvale Indian Ocean Race 2009On April 19th 2009, as part of the first ever Indian Ocean Rowing Race, 4 girls will brave the Indian Ocean with all that it has to offer. They will have no engine and no sails, just the strength of their bodies, sheer determination, and 4 oars to get them 3,100 nautical miles from Western Australia to Mauritius.
They will be rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day, through extreme heat, severe weather and 40 foot waves. Dodging pirates, and trying not to attract the attention of any unfriendly marine life (think Jaws!), they will be entirely self-sufficient. Should they succeed, they will become the first women on the planet to row across the Indian Ocean.
Just how difficult is it?
To date only 2 people have successfully rowed the Indian Ocean unassisted, and neither of these have been women. In contrast, more than a thousand times this number have reached the summit of Mount Everest, and in fact more people have walked on the moon!
The distance they will row is one and a half times the width of Australia, and about 15% of the earths circumference. Although the challenge is immense in both physical and psychological terms, the crossing is feasible and the girls will ensure they are well prepared and in the best possible position to become the first women to succeed.