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Whale Sponsor Briton’s Record-Breaking Solo Rowing Trip

After three months alone and unassisted at sea, Sailor Lia Ditton has set a new women’s world record for rowing solo from San Francisco to Hawaii. 

The 40-year-old Briton made landfall at 06.10 am 12th September, reaching Waikiki Yacht Club on the island of Oahu in 86 days, 10 hours, 5 minutes and 56 seconds to break the current 2008 record of 100 days. 

Describing the voyage as “the greatest psychological challenge of my life”, Lia logged approximately 2700nm in total distance rowed and overcame a series of mental and physical challenges, including illness before the start, two capsizes, a shortage of food, and persistent adverse currents and winds. 

Back in 2017, Whale supplied Lia with a Gusher Titan and Easybailer to help her on your voyage. Posting on Instagram, Lia said, “Whale! I can’t say enough lovely things about this company. I mean, have you ever had an issue with a Whale marine pump? No, never! I have the Whale ORCA 500 electric bilge pump on my existing boat, but for offshore use I’d like to install the Gusher Titan manual pump for the cockpit sole. A big thank you to the team at Whale.” 

This row, which Lia calls the half marathon, is viewed by Lia as training. Her main target is to row 5,500 miles from Japan to San Francisco in spring 2022, bidding to succeed where 19 other attempts have failed. To maintain her mission to become the first solo rower to cross the North Pacific, Lia relies on the generosity of her supporters. 

Read more about Lia and her adventures on her website at www.rowliarow.com.