A CORNISH physiotherapist is hoping to set a new world record when she rows across the Pacific Ocean in April.
Laura Penhaul will take to the water with three other women in the 8,446 mile row from Long Beach California to Cairns in Australia.
Their mammoth trip will pass by Hawaii and Samoa before landing in Australia in an estimated six-month voyage.
It will be the first time an all female team have rowed unassisted across the Pacific Ocean.
The crew, under the name Coxless Rowers’ had planned to set off in June last year but were forced to postpone the trip after a change in who would be participating in the challenge.
Now they are asking for people to come on board and sponsor them as they enter the final months’ training sessions.
Ms Penhaul said: “Our vision is to show that four ordinary women can achieve an extraordinary challenge and in the process we wish to inspire others to reach for their own potential and to meet the challenges that life throws at them, however big or small.”
Laura is a keen sportswoman having completed a number of marathons, triathlons, hiked, skied and scuba dived her way through life with an adventurous spirit.
She is also the Lead Physiotherapist for Paralympic Athletics and says that this is where she gets her inspiration from.
Natalie Miles, Emma Mitchell and Ella Hewton make up the other members of the team who will traverse the Pacific Ocean using a bright pink, 29ft boat.
During the row the ladies will be raising awareness and money for two charities- Walking with the Wounded and Breast Cancer Care. However, the ladies need your help to raise the £200,000 to just get to the start line in April.
You can “BUY A MILE” of their 8,446 mile adventure for £10 and get your name on their “Inspirational Wall“ which will be in the inside of their cabin to travel across the Pacific Ocean.
Ms Penhaul added: “If every mile gets bought of our adventure we’re raising nearly half the money we need.
“Every mile counts and will help us buy key items such as the 6,000 calories of food we need each day, or our communications or safety equipment.
“On the ocean it will be amazing to see each day the names of everyone that helped us get on the Ocean, and will be a great inspiration to us during the tough times out there.”
For more information and to sponsor the crew visit http://coxlesscrew.com