North Atlantic Solo Row 2018
Most recently, in 2015, I joined 11 other runners in the Race Across USA (RAUSA). It was a full mind, body and soul kind of experience as we covered a marathon a day, six days a week, for over 4 months. It was a deeply moving experience for me, and I quickly came to appreciate the value it held for thousands of others following along through the pictures, videos, and reflections we shared online. The 2015 RAUSA journey became a work of art that inspired countless individuals to get outside and take on their own personal challenges. Two years later, I'm gearing up to tackle one of the biggest challenges I've ever dared to dream and create a rich virtual experience that allows everyone at home to follow along! In the summer of 2018, I plan to become the first American to successfully ROW SOLO (and unsupported) ACROSS THE NORTH ATLANTIC OCEAN!
This kind of adventure is usually reserved for the professional athletes sponsored by the biggest brands. For better and worse, that's not me. I'm a high school biology teacher and coach and this adventure has put me all in financially. I've maxed out my credit to build a boat and show the world I'm serious, that this is happening. I've invested $75,000 of my own to build the fastest and safest solo rowing boat in the world, but will need probably another $75,000 to reach the finish.
Your support means the world to me and the countless others who will find inspiration, education, and entertainment in the many successes and failures I'm bound to experience along the way!
Among a variety of expenses related to this project your support will help pay for:
- Equipment on the boat (safety and speed)
- Travel expenses
- Training expenses
- Food (incl. dehydrated rations to minimize weight)
- Satellite phone and internet connection to maintain a rich virtual experience
Throughout the process, I'll be sharing project updates and other stories that move me on Facebook (@brycerows), Instagram (@brycerows), and Twitter (@brycerows). Your support here, now, will keep the story and the dream alive, free of charge for anyone and everyone to follow. This is a once in a lifetime experience and I want to bring everyone along for the ride. Your support (large and small) will allow that to happen. Won't you help?
Back home, I’m faced with the reality of a high school teacher taking on the adventure of a professional athlete: a lot of unpaid expenses. I’ve now updated my campaign goal to account for my remaining expenses. If you were entertained, inspired, or moved by my adventure, I’d be most appreciative if you’d consider one final donation to help.
The largest remaining need is funding for food, communications, and travel/accommodations.
Communications: On the Atlantic, I'll use an Iridium satellite phone and wi-fi hotspot device to communicate with a land based team and post photo and text updates of my progress. Given average satellite data costs, photo uploads, text, and email communications will be on the order of $25-50 per day.
Food: Maximizing nutritient content and minimizing weight and space will necessitate heavy use of dehydrated ready-to-eat meals. These meals typically cost on the order of $6-10 per serving, or about $75 per day (assuming 6000 kcal per day, 2/3 calories from meals, and 1/3 from snacks).
Travel: There are a variety of costs associated with transporting Lucille up to Newfoundland and back from England, accommodations in St. John for the start and England for the finish, and a flight back to Cincinnati from England. Togehter these add up to around $12,000.
At this stage, most all of the equipment has been purchased, and I'm nearly ready to go! Your contributions at this critical point will go toward these final travel costs, food on the row, and communications. Please help me get there and share this once in a lifetime experience with the world!
Finally, a thousand thanks to those who've already contributed, to those who are now contributing for the first time, and especially for those willing to contribute once again to push me up and over the starting line!
It sounds like many of you haven’t received my communications of thanks and/or solicitation for your t-shirt size preference through the GoFundMe messaging platform. Printing will kick off this week and next and I’d like to get those shirts out to you immediately thereafter!
The t-shirts are now available in both men’s and women’s sizing, which I’m really excited about! The women’s shirts are a little slimmer fitting with slightly shorter sleeves, compared to the men’s. If you’ve already given me a size preference and prefer the men's/unisex cut, you need not respond. If you’d prefer the women’s cut or haven’t yet given me a preference please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the next couple days so I can make sure you’re all looking fresh in your sweet new t-shirts as soon as possible!