Palamedes PR will represent the British team in the inaugural New Ocean Wave’s Great Pacific Race 2014.
Alex Flynn and Darren Taylor hope to set a new world record by rowing, unassisted, from Monterey Bay in California to Honolulu in Hawaii.
The pair will take two-hour shifts on the oars for 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week for the duration of the gruelling 2,100 nautical mile journey. Though support boats may be in the vicinity, the nearest practical help could be several days away.
Others have crossed the Pacific before, but no pair has ever rowed this particular route.
Alex, who has Parkinsons and is described as one of the UK’s “greatest-ever adventurers”, said: “To know that we will be one of the first to ever achieve this is something that never ceases to amaze and inspire us. There are so few “firsts” left in this world, and being part this event is something very special indeed.”
Darren, a firefighter and keen sailor, added: “I miss the purity of being out in the open Ocean. Things are a lot simpler when you concentrate everything down to just making it to your destination. There is also the desire to prove to myself that I can do this, and to show people that we are all capable of so much more than society would have us believe these days.”
Current sponsors include Red Bull Racing Eyewear, Sailfish Marine, Bubble Creative Solutions, Garmin, Mactra Marine Equipment, Black Dog New Media, and Flash FM. To discuss sponsorship opportunities, email Mick.Blight@Palamedes.co.uk or call 0203 1027935.
More news about the race, and about Alex and Darren, will be added to the Palamedes PR website in coming weeks.
You can read more about the challenge, the crew, and the sponsors – and donate to the Cure Parkinsons Trust and The Fire Fighters Charity – on the Pacific Row 2014 website, here.
Anthony Harvison of Palamedes PR said: “We are pleased to be supporting Alex and Darren on this incredible journey, and trust their selfless efforts raise awareness and proceeds for two particularly worthwhile causes.”
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By Mick Blight