The Great Pacific Race is a new ocean rowing event – open to solo rowers, pairs and fours. It will be held every two years. The inaugural race leaves Monterey Bay, California in June 2014. It covers well over 2,100 nautical miles to the finish line in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The only British pair to compete is team ‘Pacific Row 2014’ – aka Firefighter Darren Taylor and Athlete/ Adventurer Alex Flynn (who happens to have Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease). Former school-friends from Oxfordshire, in this challenge they will be raising funds for their respective charities: The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, The Michael J Fox Foundation and The Fire Fighter’s Charity. They also believe they will win.
Why are they so confident?
• A similar boat to that being used by Pacific Row 2014, made by the same state-of-the-art British boat-builders, led The 2013/14 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – and won by some 400 miles.
• The ‘twin engine’ human power of Darren and Alex, individually, have a proven track record. Together, they will be a force to be reckoned with.
• They are complemented, on land, by a support team with enviable expertise.