Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take to row from california to hawaii?
30-80 days. It hasn't been done in fewer than 40, and we plan to be the first through our unmatched combination of passion, persistence, and preparation.
how many hours do you row each day?
It will be our full-time job. We expect to row more than 16 hours per day, excluding time for breaks, sleeping, and eating.
what happens if your boat flips?
Our boat features a self-righting design in the event of a capsize. These incredible boats are virtually unsinkable, because of the nature of the design, ballasting, and hatches.
how do you stay on course?
The first part of staying on course involves actually having a thorough understanding of the route. Secondly, we'll use state of the art GPS and chart plotting systems. On top of that, we'll be trained and certified in operating all navigational equipment. If our luck runs out, we'll make sure to bring a compass.
what happens during a storm?
We'll most likely hunker down inside the cabin and wait it out. We'll use a drogue to provide additional stability and slow movements caused by severe winds. In the event of an emergency, we have a state of the art, ISO compliant life raft fully stocked and ready to go.
how big is the boat?
About 7 meters, or close to 25 feet. It features cabins at the stern and bow, one for sleeping and equipment, the other for food and storage.
How did you come up with the idea to row an ocean?
The idea’s origins lie within our ACRA training (national club rowing championships) when we first got to live and get to know each other – during a time when we just trained, laughed, and ate an inappropriate amount of unhealthy food. The following semester, having gone on our own separate adventures for the summer, we came together to get some studying done and happened to talk about wanting to do something more. We wanted to have our extraordinary adventure that could change others and not just ourselves, and this is what we came up with.
what do you eat?
About 7,000 calories a day of high-fat, low carb fuel sources. We'll boost our sodium and electrolyte intakes, follow a strict and aggressive hydration plan, and take vitamins for micronutrient supplementation to fill any gaps in our diet.
will you get seasick?
Without a doubt. The first few days will be unpleasant as we acclimate to life at sea, and it will take time getting accustomed to sleeping on a boat. We're looking into medical protocol to help minimize the symptoms of acclimation.
How will you manage your hemophilia?
Managing moderate hemophilia B while undertaking an adventure of this scale is no small challenge. While superficial and contact injuries should be minimal, the pressure of rowing more than 50 miles daily will no doubt take a toll on Jacob's joints and muscles, and some bleeding episodes are to be expected. He will supplement with Factor IX products on a prophylactic cycle to maintain higher and more consistent clotting levels, and supplement when further treatment is required.
Will you set any records?
Yes! Jacob will become the first hemophiliac to cross any ocean by rowing. Together, we should be the youngest to conquer the East-West Pacific route from California to Hawaii. We also hope to be the fastest.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE TECHNICALLY?
We’ll take courses on sea survival and First Aid, VHF radio use, navigation and practical sailing to prepare for the technical challenges we’ll face. Additionally, we’ll be thoroughly trained to operate and perform maintenance on every piece of equipment in the boat, from the wiring to the sliding seats.
HOW DO YOU PREPARE PHYSICALLY?
Physical preparations will be split into three phases. We’ll spend February-May ’15 following our Varsity rowing training program and with additional water practices in a double. Summer and fall will focus on gaining weight steadily, triathlon style workouts for cross-training, and multiple hour erg pieces to simulate ocean rowing conditions. January-April 2016 will further build training volume, and May will be a taper month heading into the row. This general plan will be adapted as we meet with more ocean rowers, nutritionists, and personal trainers.