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The Great Pacific Race, which is held every two years and tests rowers’ ability to travel 2,400 nautical miles from San Francisco, California, to Waikiki, Hawaii, as quickly as possible, was taken on by Lat 35 Racing’s first all-female rowing crew.
The Lat 35 women, Libby Costello, Brooke Downes, Sophia Denison-Johnston, and Adrienne Smith, outperformed the opposition.
They also established a world record for female competitors.
The women beat the previous record by 24 hours, finishing the marathon in 34 days, 14 hours, and 11 minutes.
Lat35 rowers Brooke Downes, Adrienne Smith, Sophia Denison-Johnston, and Libby Costello celebrate on July 25, 2022, beating the previous record for the quickest row across the Pacific Ocean. The Great Pacific Race (Lat 35)
During the tour, Lat 35 collaborated with the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) to raise funds and awareness for mental health.
As of right now, the team has raised $12,083 for the cause, exceeding its $10,000 fundraising target.
In a Fox News Digital interview, teammate Brooke Downes discussed the experience and reaffirmed the teams goal to “get to Hawaii as quickly as possible.”
So, she said, “that’s what we did.”
The rower admitted that it wasn’t always wise to smash records.
rowers from Lat35 On July 25, 2022, in Waikiki, Hawaii, Libby Costello, Sophia Denison-Johnston, Brooke Downes, and Adrienne Smith pose at the Great Pacific Race’s finish line. The Great Pacific Race (Lat 35)
Given that the weather on the water was so unpredictable, she acknowledged that her confidence in hoping to beat the record may have been “nave.”
The last several days, she added, “we had pretty bad weather, and our anticipated arrival time just kept getting pushed out later and later.”
On June 21, the crew departed from San Francisco, and they landed in Waikiki on July 25 on a Monday.
“However, we knew we would set a new record on the final day. The only question left was by how much.
In addition to encountering rough seas at the conclusion of the journey, Downes recalled traveling “terribly slowly” because to the wind conditions two weeks into the race.
About five days of stifling heat were spent during this laborious movement.
That was sort of the turning point for her, she recalled, “when I kind of saw the opportunity to break the overall record kind of go away, which was just incredibly depressing.”
“Watching our entire team fall apart was just just terrible,” the player said.
The women lifted each other up and laughed through the difficult tides, but the foursome’s strength kept the boat moving.
We had a great time out there in the middle of the ocean, she added.
I had more fun than I ever could have imagined.
One day, she continued, “the conditions were ideal for us to go into the lake and swim.”
It was a very unique day for us to be swimming together in this remote area where perhaps no other person has ever been.
Downes said she was “grateful” for her teammates’ assistance on nights when the going was tough and it may even be physically painful.
To ensure that everyone got enough sleep and so they could manage other chores like making freeze-dried meals and taking care of the boat, each team member rowed for two hours on and two hours off.
The Great Pacific Race boat of Lat35 is decorated with freeze-dried food. The Great Pacific Race (Lat 35)
The group produced 25 liters of purified water per day using solar energy and a pressured system, which they used for drinking, cooking, rinsing off, and washing their clothes.
She said, “Every day brings something new.
But the schedule has remained constant throughout time.
Each woman just brought enough clothing to cover all eventualities, such as rain, sweltering heat, and even frigid weather.
Downes, who is 511″ tall, had a difficult time fitting into the cabins on the front and back ends of the boat, which could only hold two rowers each.
She remarked, “It’s actually astonishing how much you can fit in the boat. “However, you brought nothing that you didn’t need.”
According to Downes, each woman only brought enough clothing to cover all eventualities, including rain, sweltering heat, and even frigid weather.
In the course of a recent race on the Pacific Ocean, Brooke Downes takes a selfie. The Great Pacific Race (Lat 35)
She remarked, “The beginning was quite cold.”
And particularly chilly because we would have to row in the same wet clothes.
On the sea, the women also ran into additional challenges like flying fish. In addition, an unknown marine species pulled the boat’s rudder out of place, sending it spinning.
Halfway through the trip, the boat’s bearings started to rust. That was brought on by the wheels’ usage of mixed metals.
Without any spare wheels, she claimed, “We made it to the finish line.”
It took the women nearly a day and a half after they first noticed Hawaii’s steep terrain to arrive on land.
Rowers Lat35 On July 25, 2022, cheerleaders Libby Costello, Sophia Denison-Johnston, Brooke Downes, and Adrienne Smith can be seen at the Great Pacific Race’s finish line in Waikiki, Hawaii. The Great Pacific Race (Lat 35)
Downes, a rower for more than ten years who graduated from the University of Southern California in 2019, was born in New Jersey and called the trip “the best decision” she had ever made.
She said, “I was genuinely inquisitive.
I was curious about what it would be like to be in the middle of the ocean by myself during this enormous, amazing race.
I enjoy rowing, and I now want to do it even more.
Since the rower claimed that only fear was holding her back, Downes’ longtime friend and teammate Libby Costello invited her to join the Lat 35 crew.
Downes took up the offer, left her job, and relocated to Santa Barbara so she could start her training.
She remarked, “I decided, either I either actually do it with her or I can witness that entire experience and wish that I was experiencing it with her.”
And it was the wisest move I’ve ever taken.
Prior to the competition, Downes was training for the National Rowing Team. He hopes to qualify for the 2024 Olympics, although he has stated that he will need some time to recover.
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Denison-Johnston is another potential Olympian.
At the moment, Downes is having a great time in Hawaii.
During the 2021 race, a Lat 35 team also beat the record for the quickest man rowers.
It took the men 30 days, 5 hours, and 37 minutes to finish the event.
According to Downes, teams have in the past encountered medical problems and were diverted too far south by the strong current, preventing them from finishing the race.
Fox News Digital’s lifestyle writer is Angelica Stabile. @atstabile is the Twitter handle to follow.